Costa Rica 1864-JB 1/2 escudo

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Goldberg sale 62, lot 3486
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3486 in Goldberg sale 62 (Beverly Hills, February 2010), where it sold for $368. The catalog description[1] noted, "Costa Rica. ½ Escudo, 1864-JB. Arms of the Republic. Reverse: Indian woman leaning against column. Last year of issue and scarce. NGC graded AU-50." The type is noted for 1850-55 and 1864. Well struck specimens are very rare.

Recorded mintage: 9,018.

Specification: 1.60 g, .875 fine gold, .0450 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Fr-10; KM-97.


  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 62: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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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