Colombia 1784-P SF escudo
This specimen was lot 40038 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $408. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 1784-SF Escudo. Popayán mint. Carlos III (1759-1788). AU-50 (PCGS). Lustrous and appealing with the appearance of a higher grade. Some hairlines are present on the obverse, and a thin hairline scratch crosses the portrait's cheek. A well detailed and well struck example of this date, called scarce by Restrepo. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins. Ex. Hans M.F. Schulman's sale of June 1972, lot 101." This specimen is one of a type struck at Popayán 1772-89. The Colombian mints (Popayán and Nuevo Reino) concentrated on minting gold, to the near exclusion of silver which predominated at the other colonial mints. While this makes Colombian colonial silver coins expensive, Colombian colonial gold is (comparatively) reasonable and this type is fairly common.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .901 fine gold, .098 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Restrepo 54.26, Fr-41, KM 48.1.
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