Colombia 1760-PN J 4 escudos Fr-26

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 11318
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This specimen was lot 11318 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $4,560. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 1760-J 4 Escudos. Popayán mint. Carlos III (1759-1788). AU-58 (PCGS). Ferdinand VI portrait. A beautiful example of the debut 4 Escudos from the reign of Carlos III. Flashy reflective luster surrounds design elements against a backdrop of medium yellow gold and pale green highlights. Well struck at centers and very attractive on both sides, with scattered tiny marks but no major defects. Finer than the AU-55 (NGC) Eliasberg coin and a very desirable example. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Stack's sale of the Eugenio Gebauer Collection, December 1986, lot 1437." This type was struck at Popayán 1760-62 and 1769. A similar four escudos was struck with the bust of Ferdinand VI (Fr-18) in 1760. Unlike later dates (after 1772), these early issues are rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 37, Fr-26, Restrepo M64.2.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
  • 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, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.

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