Colombia 1799-P JF 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 11241 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $4,320. The catalog description noted, "COLOMBIA. 1799-JF 8 Escudos. Popayán mint. Carlos IV (1788-1808). MS-62 (PCGS). A remarkable coin, with deep reflectivity and bright luster on both sides. Even light yellow gold with surfaces free enough of distractions that a higher grade seems appropriate. The obverse die is cracked from L of CAROL into the field, but the entire obverse die is swollen and creased on a path from that crack to HI of HISP. A very interesting and especially choice specimen. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From RARCOA's 1980 CICF sale, May 1980, lot 145." This specimen is one of a type struck at Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) and Popayan 1791-1808. The Colombian mints (Popayán and Nuevo Reino) concentrated on minting gold, to the near exclusion of the silver which predominated at the other colonial mints. While one escudos and eight escudos are plentiful, four escudos are rare. Assayer JF is recorded for 1792-1816.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Restrepo M98.18, KM 62.2, Fr-52.
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