La Rioja 1842-R 2 escudos
This specimen was lot 1012 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $2300. The catalog description noted, "1842 R 2 escudos. Rioja mint. AU-55 (NGC). Types as above. Medium toned yellow gold with good eye appeal. This is the only readily collectible portrait issue of General Rosas, but is also very scarce. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."
This type struck in Argentina 1842 only and very rare. A similar design was used on silver 2 reales (KM 12) and gold 8 escudos (KM 14). The SCWC warns against deceptive counterfeits.
Specification: 6.75 g, .875 fine gold, .190 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 6.78 grams, 23.10 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-11, KM 13 (filed under La Rioja).
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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.