Chile 1810-So FJ 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3046, lot 29617

This specimen was lot 29617 in Heritage sale 3046 (Chicago, April 2016), where it sold for $2,232.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Chile, Ferdinand VII gold 4 Escudos 1810 So-FJ VF35 NGC, Santiago mint. Bust of Carlos IV and legend of Ferdinand VII. Well struck, with obverse flan flaws and traces of reverse luster. A very rare issue, with a tiny mintage of only 272 pieces. The only example we have seen." The specimen was one of a series struck 1810-17 during the reign of Ferdinand VII. It bears his name and the bust of Charles IV, who abdicated in 1808. The bust of Ferdinand appears on the eight reales and the two reales but not on any gold. The SCWC notes that this type was restruck after independence but it remains rare.

Recorded mintage: 272.

Specification: 13.53 g, .875 fine gold, .380 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-16314, KM 77, Fr-30.


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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World & Ancient Coins Auction 3046, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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