Chile 1850-So LA 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 30442 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $1,468.75. The catalog description noted, "Republic gold 8 Escudos 1850-LA, XF45 NGC. A most handsome example with rich harvest gold patina and attractive surfaces free of laminations or other flaws." This is a late date of a series struck 1846-51. There is an earlier standing liberty type, struck 1839-45, where liberty is resting her hand on a pedestal instead of the book of the law shown here. Neither type is rare but prices of these coins have surged in recent years.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27 g, .875 fine gold, .759 troy oz AGW, 35.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 105, Fr-41.
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- 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.