Colombia 1771-PN J 2 escudos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 40156
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This specimen was lot 40156 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $630. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 1771/0-J 2 Escudos. Popayán mint. Carlos III (1759-1788). AU-50 (PCGS). A historically important year, the final one the bust of Ferdinand VI was used on this denomination. Beautiful and rich yellow gold merges into a deeper orange shade with olive highlights at the peripheries. The overdate and other design elements are crisp, and a good deal of luster survives at the peripheries. A choice specimen of this interesting issue. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." 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.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .917 fine gold, .199 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12429, KM-36.2, Fr-28, Restrepo 58.17.


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