Chile 1824-So I 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3029, lot 30440
Chile 1824 4 escudos rev H3029-30440.jpg

This specimen was lot 30440 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,233.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 4 Escudos 1824-I, Fine 12 NGC. Attractively toned and original with well-struck features and evenly worn surfaces. Struck with the unlisted 'I' assayer initial and quite rare as such. Ex: 'Colonel' E.H.R. Green; Green Estate' Partnership of Eric P Newman/B.G. Johnson." Four escudos of the Republic of Chile come in three types: the crossed flags type (KM 87, struck 1824-26 and 1833-34, shown here), the hand on book type (KM 95) and the standing liberty type (KM 103, struck 1839-41). All are rare and expensive. The SCWC records the weight of this coin as 13.5 g; earlier colonial four escudos were nominally 13.54 g.

Recorded mintage: 1,530.

Specification: 13.5 g, .875 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 87, Fr-34.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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