Ecuador 1835-GJ escudo
This specimen was lot 30046 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $8,225. The catalog description noted, "The Finest Certified by NGC Republic gold Escudo 1835 GJ-QUITO, MS62 NGC. A scarce date and the finest thus far certified at NGC, this example has shimmering luster in the obverse fields and a gleaming semi-prooflike appearance on the reverse. As was often the case for the early Republic types of Latin America, quality control at the various mints was inconsistent at best, and the present example serves as an interesting reminder of that fact. In the left obverse field, the remains of an uneven planchet adjustment (as made) can be seen and partially obscures ECUADOR in the legends. A looping lint mark (as made) also resides in the field behind Libertad. Despite these mint-made imperfections few, if any, of the survivors retain this much detail, a fact that surely won't be lost on the specialist." This type was struck 1833-35 and, like all Ecuadorian predecimal gold coins, is rare and expensive.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.3 g, .875 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 15.
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- 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.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.