Costa Rica 1848-CR JB 1/2 escudo

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Eliasberg lot 1677
Costa Rica 1848 half escudo rev Eliasberg 1677.jpg

This specimen was lot 1677 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $805. The catalog description[1] noted, "1848 JB 1/2 escudo. CR mint. EF-45 (NGC). Types as above, no counterstamp. Medium gold with deep toning. Small reverse encrustation in legend near 5:00. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type was struck intermittently in Costa Rica 1828-49 and in Guatemala 1824-43.

Recorded mintage: 14,000.

Specification: 1.69 g, .875 fine gold, .047 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 1.54 grams, 14.20 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 13.1, Fr-5.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Gurdian, Raul, Contribucion al Estudio de las Monedas de Costa Rica: 100 Años de Colon, 2a Ed., San José, Costa Rica, 1997.

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