Colombia 1769-PN J 2 escudos

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Jean Elsen sale 85, lot 1206
Colombia 1769P 2 escudos rev JElsen 85-1206.jpg
Eliasberg, lot 1485

This specimen is one of a series struck 1760-71 at the Popayán mint in Nueva Granada, now Colombia, during the reign of Charles III (1759-88). The Popayán mint used the old bust of Ferdinand VI until 1771, even tho the Bogotá mint was using a bust of Charles III after 1762. The two Colombian mints concentrated on issuing gold during this period; silver coinage prior to the 1810's is very rare. The first specimen was lot 1206 in Jean Elsen sale 85 (September 2005), where it sold for 400 euro. The second specimen was lot 1485 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $517.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "1769 J 2 escudos. Popayán mint. VF details (NCS). Types as above. Medium yellow gold, lightly polished, rim nick left of date. Purchased from Watkins Coin Company, July 1943."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .917 fine gold, .200 troy oz AGW. Eliasberg specimen: 6.71 grams, 24.00 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 36.2, Fr-28.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.

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