Ecuador 1849-GJ 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 1736
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This specimen was lot 1736 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $52,900. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1849/7 GJ 8 escudos. Quito mint. AU-53 (NGC). Types as above. Medium gold with deep coppery highlights, much lustre remains, excellent eye appeal. A very sharp example, nicely struck and with good detail in Bolivar's hair, undamaged rims, some removable dirt in 18 of date. The overdate is visible to the naked eye, allowing the Krause-Mishler book to change its 'reported, not confirmed' description of this variety. Another in a sequence of great Ecuadorian rarities, this one added to the Clapp collection by Mr. Eliasberg in 1945. This date is called 'muy rara' (very rare) in Calico. From B. Max Mehl's sale of the Waltman, Roe and Ryan Collections, June 1945, Lot 2155."
This type was struck 1847-55 but like all predecimal Ecuadorian gold coins, remains beyond the reach of ordinary collectors.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .875 fine gold; this specimen: 27.22 grams, 37.30 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 34.1, Fr-8. Calico Onza-1769.


  • [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.

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