Colombia 1789-NR JJ 2 escudos Fr-39

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 40210
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This specimen was lot 40210 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $408. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 1789-JJ 2 Escudos. Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) mint. Carlos III (1759-1788). AU-55 (PCGS). This is the variety Restrepo calls 1789/7 and terms "rare," the sole posthumous Colombian 2 Escudos of Carlos III. Frosty light yellow gold with good remaining luster and scattered marks. A thin scratch divides SP of HISP on the obverse. An attractive and high grade example of this elusive final Carlos III issue. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins." This type was struck at Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) and Popayán 1785-89 and is probably the most common two escudos of colonial Latin America. It represents a slight debasement from the prior type, which was .901 fine gold. This issue is the last two escudos for Charles III, who died early in 1788. Two escudos with the bust of Charles III and the name of Charles IV exist for 1789.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .875 fine gold, .190 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 49.1a, Fr-39, Restrepo 61.37.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The August 2018 Philadelphia ANA Auction: World Coins and Selections from the El Dorado Collection of Colombian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.

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