Colombia 1733 M 2 escudos

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Heritage sale 3032, lot 24505
Colombia 1733 2 escudos rev H3032-24505.jpg

This specimen was lot 24505 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "Philip V gold cob 2 Escudos 1733-M, Santa Fe mint, XF45 NGC. Well struck and a choice example considering this mint's usually poor production. The 3 digits of the date '733' and the M initial for assayer Molano are all fully visible. Another variety with all four digits of the date punched in the die is also known for this date (cf. Joe Lasser collection, Ponterio 1/2005, lot 870). Rare, desirable and worthy of a strong bid from the specialist." This type was issued from Bogotá 1717-46. Specimens with legible dates are worth double those without. Many have been made into jewelry and sold as "pirate gold."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .917 fine gold, .199 troy oz, this specimen 6.86 grams.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9730, KM 17.2, Restrepo-M80.12.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • 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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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