Colombia 1805-P JT escudo
This specimen was lot 149 in Sedwick sale 12 (Winter Park, FL, October 2012), where it sold for $767. The catalog description noted, "Popayán, Colombia, bust 1 escudo, Charles IV, 1805JT, encapsulated NGC AU 53. Scarce grade (second finest known graded by NGC), highly lustrous, the reverse slightly off-center and the rims slightly crude as a result." This specimen is one of a type struck at Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) and Popayán 1792-1808. 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 common. Assayer JT is listed for 1804-06.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .875 fine gold, .095 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Restrepo-85.32; CT-538; KM-56.2.
- Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #12, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.
- Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.