Chile 1801-So AJ 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 20550 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $2,530. The catalog description noted, "Carlos IIII gold 8 Escudos 1801-AJ, MS61 PCGS, full luster with light original patina, very scarce in mint state." The specimen was one of a series struck 1791-1808 during the reign of Charles IV. It bears Charles' name and the bust of Charles III, who died in 1788. The bust of Charles IV appears on the four escudos but not the eight escudos. This type is fairly common for Spanish colonial gold.
Recorded mintage: 46,000.
Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 54.
- Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.