Costa Rica 1844-CR M escudo
This type was struck in Costa Rica in 1828, 1833 and 1844-49 in sufficient numbers that it is somewhat available today. The type was also struck in Guatemala 1824-25 (KM 6). The SCWC files this coin under the Central American Republic. This federation was an attempt to unite all the former Spanish provinces of Central America into one country but collapsed amid recrimination and civil war.
The second specimen was lot 3464 in Goldberg sale 62 (Beverly Hills, February 2010), where it sold for $5,290. The catalog description noted, "Costa Rica. Escudo, 1844-CR M. Sun above five mountain peaks. Reverse: Tree divides value. Rare grade. PCGS graded MS-62."
Recorded mintage: 6,353.
Specification: 3.37 g, .875 fine gold, .095 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Fr-4; KM 14.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 62: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.