Chile 1840-So IJ 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 30257 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold 8 Escudos 1840 So-IJ XF40 NGC, Santiago mint. A very attractive coin for the assigned grade, well struck and with none of the planchet flaws that are usually encountered for this series." This magnificent, popular and expensive coin comes in two subtypes; this one, with a reeded edge, and KM 104.2, which has the month of issue stamped in the edge. The reeded edge type was struck 1839-43 and the lettered edge type 1843-45.
Recorded mintage: 25,000.
Specification: 27 g, .875 fine gold, .760 troy oz AGW, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: Fr-41; KM 104.1.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.