Costa Rica 1855-JB 1/2 escudo

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 24413
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24413 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Republic gold 1/2 Escudo 1855-JB, MS61 NGC Norweb Collection (with the original envelope), extremely bold obverse details due to a concave strike. Rare grade for this series." The SCWC lists this date as common but this type almost never appears fully struck.

Recorded mintage: 8,822 including assayer GW.

Specification: 1.60 g, .875 fine gold, .045 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-10; KM-97.


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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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