Colombia 1771-PN J 8 escudos

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This specimen was lot 1489 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $4,025. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1771 J 8 escudos. Popayán mint. AU-55 (NGC). Types as above. Large draped and armored bust of Fernando VI to right, CAROLS III in legends around, date below/crowned arms, legends around. Lustrous even yellow gold, some lustre remaining in the recesses, scattered contact and handling marks, and a short cut well hidden in the reverse crown. A scarce and popular issue, the last date of the type. This date represents the last use of the ancient Fernando VI bust, as a standard bust of Carlos III was promulgated in 1772. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 26.99 grams, 37.80 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 38.2, Fr-24, Calico Onza-798.


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