Colombia 1818-P FM 2 escudos
This specimen was lot 146 in Sedwick sale 12 (Winter Park, FL, October 2012), where it sold for $1,593. The catalog description noted, "Popayán, Colombia, bust 2 escudos, Ferdinand VII (bust of Charles IV), 1818FM, rare. Lustrous UNC with faint hairlines, curious flan-bulge on reverse, 3-year type with high catalog value." This specimen is one of a type struck at Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) 1808-11 and Popayán 1817-19. 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 one escudos and eight escudos are plentiful, two escudos are rare. Assayer FM is recorded for 1816-20.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .875 fine gold, .190 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.7 g.
Catalog reference: Restrepo-125.3; CT-241; KM-65.2.
- Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #12, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2012.
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- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 5th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2010.
- 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.