Colombia 1770-NR VJ 4 escudos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 11323
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This specimen was lot 11323 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $5,280. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Very Rare 1770/60 Santa Fe 4 Escudos. COLOMBIA. 1770/60-VJ 4 Escudos. Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) mint. Carlos III (1759-1788). Restrepo M65.4. AU-50 (PCGS). A rarity in this series and apparently the first 4 Escudos of Colombia to depict Carlos III. Attractive light yellow gold with some contrasting encrustation outlining devices and traces of luster remaining in protected areas. A very handsome piece, free of significant problems. The strike is good and the distinctive portrait is well defined. The 6 underdigit beneath the 7 is easy to see under low magnification, and a die crack is noted atop the X of FELIX on the reverse.

The Rat Nose or "Cara de Rata" type of Colombian 4 Escudos was produced in 1770 and 1771 exclusively (rumors of a 1769 remain unconfirmed). Both dates are extremely rare. Norweb owned only a 1771/0. Caballero de las Yndias included only an example of this date, 1770/60. Eliasberg owned only the 1771/0 issue. This collection is the first offered in recent memory to include both of these very rare dates. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Don Canaparo, January 1981."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 43.1, Fr-32, Restrepo M22.2.


  • [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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