Costa Rica 1855-GW 2 escudos

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Ponterio sale 158, lot 358
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
from Sedwick Treasure Auction 21, lot 128

The first specimen was lot 358 in Ponterio sale 158 (New York, January 2011), where it sold for $632.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "COSTA RICA. 2 Escudos, 1855-JB (sic). Slightly weak strike. EXTREMELY FINE." The second specimen was lot 128 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it sold for $3,290. The catalog description[2] noted, "Costa Rica, 2 escudos, 1855GW, encapsulated NGC AU 53, ex-Richard Stuart (stated inside slab). Muted luster and toning, faulty design with standing Liberty always weak but this specimen also with slight wear, unknown in MS. Pedigreed to the Richard Stuart collection." This type was struck in Costa Rica 1850-63 and normally comes flat struck. Assayers JB (Juan Barth) and GW (Guillermo Witting) are both recorded for 1855. This date is listed as common.

Recorded mintage: 60,000 (assayers JB and GW).

Specification: 6.3 g, .875 fine gold, .177 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-8; KM-99.


  • 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.
  • Gurdian, Raul, Contribucion al Estudio de las Monedas de Costa Rica: 100 Años de Colon, 2a Ed., San José, Costa Rica, 1997.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 158: The 2011 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine: Bowers and Merena, 2010.
  • [2]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #21, featuring Selections from the Richard Stuart Collection, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2017.

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