Chile 1763-So J 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 1341 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $13,800. It was one of a series struck 1763-65 in Santiago, Chile during the reign of Charles III. This issue with the "ratnose" bust is very scarce. The mintage is not recorded but the SCWC records 372 pieces for 1764 and 11,000 pieces for 1765. The production of 4 escudos would not resume until 1773, when the alloy was debased to .901 fine. The catalog description noted, "1763 J 4 escudos. Santiago mint. AU-50 (NGC). Bust of Carlos III to right, legends around, CAROLUS III, date below/central arms, legends around. Medium gold, some lustre remains, light rim bruise left of date and another at left top of reverse. A rare three-year type with 'rat nose' bust of Carlos III and squared reverse shield. A specimen of this date and type in the Norweb sale, called 'extremely fine and lustrous,' brought $10,450. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 13.52 grams, 29.80 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Cayón-12587, KM 23, Fr-12.
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