Colombia 1790-P SF 2 escudos
This specimen is one of a type struck at Popayán 1789-90. 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. The second specimen was lot 31194 in Heritage sale 3032 (Chicago, April 2014), where it sold for $440.63. The catalog description noted, "Charles IV gold 2 Escudos 1790 P-SF, VF. Popayán mint, assayer, 'SF'. A scarce transitional type with legend of Carlos IV, and portrait of the previous king, Carlos III."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .875 fine gold, .190 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 51.2.
- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3032, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.