Colombia 1780-P SF 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 29540
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29540 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it sold for $1,233.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles III gold 8 Escudos 1781 P-SF XF45 PCGS, Popayán mint, Wholesome looking with even wear throughout and rather attractive surface quality, a couple of moderate rim nicks being mentioned for accuracy. Scarce in this unflawed preservation." The type was struck in Popayán in Nueva Granada (now Colombia) 1772-84 (later dates were .875 fine). Assayer SF is noted for 1776-92. Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) and its neighbor Popayán were the most prolific issuers of gold coins during the colonial period and this coin is common.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .901 fine gold, .784 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM50.2, Onza-814.


  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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