Chile 1765-So J 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29492
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29492 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $3,760. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles III gold 8 Escudos 1765 So-J VF30 NGC, Santiago mint. Wholesome and defect-free with attractive old toning and even wear throughout. A better date of this very elusive type, seldom encountered in any grade, and one of the very few dates that are not plated in the Onza reference work, thus quite desirable in this unflawed presentation." It was one of a series struck 1764-72 during the reign of Charles III. It bears Charles' name and the youthful "ratnose" bust. It is not until the appearance of the standard bust type (KM 27) in 1772 that eight escudos become remotely affordable.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12778, KM 25, Onza-905 ('few examples known').


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  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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