Colombia 1786-NR JJ 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3040, lot 29577
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29577 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $1,410. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles III gold 8 Escudos 1786 NR-JJ AU50 NGC, Nuevo Reino mint. An attractive coin with only limited wear evidence on the higher points and comparatively few contact marks on partially lustrous fields. Scarce in this unflawed preservation." The type was struck in Popayán in Nueva Granada (now Colombia) 1785-89 (earlier dates were .901 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, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM50.1a, Onza-891, Fr-35.


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  • 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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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