Colombia 1790-NR JJ 2 escudos
This specimen was lot 3406 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $616.88. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 2 Escudos, 1790/89-NRJJ. Charles IV (1788-1808). NGC AU-55. Bust of Charles III, legend 'CAROL IV'. Interesting overdate. Nice strike. Attractive orange peel toning." This specimen is one of a type struck at Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) 1789-91. It is a transitional type with the bust of Charles III but the name of Charles IV. 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: 6.77 g, .875 fine gold, .190 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-43; KM-51.1.
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