Chile 1817-So FJ 2 escudos
The specimen shown was lot 1365 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $1,265. The catalog description noted, "1817 FJ 2 escudos. Santiago mint. VF-30 (NGC). Types as above. Light yellow gold. Edge devices incomplete, but without evidence of alteration. A rare issue, one of only 168 pieces struck according to records. Finer than the Norweb specimen. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This specimen is one of a series struck 1813-17 in Santiago, Chile, during the reign of Ferdinand VII. The opening of an enlarged Casa de Moneda in 1805 allowed the increase in mintages but this type is still rare. The bust of Charles IV was used throughout the series even tho the bust of Ferdinand VII appears on the 2 reales, 8 reales and 8 escudos. The Spanish were expelled in 1817 but the first republican 2 escudos did not appear until 1824. This type was restruck by the republicans during the early 1820's.
Recorded mintage: 168.
Specification: 6.77 g, .875 fine gold, .190 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 6.52 grams, 23.00 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 81, Fr-31.
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