Colombia 1805-P JT 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20740
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20740 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $9,200. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carlos IIII gold 8 Escudos 1805JT Popayán, MS64 NGC Millennia Collection, a fabulous coin with eye-popping mint luster and highly reflective surfaces, easily one of the finest 8 Escudos we have seen and a coin with an impressive pedigree." The type was struck in Popayán in Nueva Granada (now Colombia) 1791-1808. An overdate, 1805/4, is noted for the year as well as another assayer, JF. Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) and its neighbor Popayán were the most prolific issuers of gold coins during the colonial period and this coin is common. Four other eight escudos of this date and mint were offered in this Heritage sale.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 62.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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