Colombia 1816-P F 8 escudos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 11293
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 11293 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $6,000. The catalog description[1] noted, "Very Rare 1816-F with Partially Erased Pn Mintmark. Restrepo: Two Known. COLOMBIA. 1816-F-Pn 8 Escudos. Popayán mint. Ferdinand VII (1808-1833). AU-55 (PCGS). Deeply toned yellow gold with excellent luster and choice surfaces. Only a well hidden scuff from above the center of the shield to the base of the crown is worthy of mention. Heavy file marks cover the superscript N of the mintmark, but it remains perfectly clear. A fascinating and extraordinarily elusive variety, here represented by a well struck and very pleasing specimen. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Mike Dunigan, December 1986. Earlier from Stack's sale of October 1986, lot 502." Altho Ferdinand VII's name was used on the obverse legend, it is the bust of Charles IV which appears. This was typical for all of Colombia's coinage in the last years of the colonial era. Assayer F is recorded for 1816 only.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Restrepo M128.24, Fr-61, KM 66.3.


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