Colombia 1791-NR JJ escudo

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 40050
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This specimen was lot 40050 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $900. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 1791-JJ Escudo. Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) mint. Carlos IV (1788-1808). AU-58 (PCGS). The final year of this short-lived transitional type. Choice and lustrous light yellow gold. A natural planchet flaw is noted over the portrait. The centering leaves the denticles long at the upper left of the obverse but not present at the lower right. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins. Ex. Cunillera, Geneva, November 1981." This date represents a transition between the reigns of Charles III, whose bust is shown, and Charles IV, whose name is cited. The Colombian mints would not adopt the bust of Charles IV until 1792, over three years after the old king's death. The transitional dates are not rarer than any other but bring a premium from type collectors.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 3.38 g, .875 fine gold, .095 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Restrepo 82.6, Fr-49, KM 54.1.


  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia: Impresiones Rojo, 2006.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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