Majorca 1726 2 escudos

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from Aureo sale 291, lot 1079
This specimen was lot 1079 in Aureo sale 291 (Barcelona, April 2017), where it sold for €7,500 (about US$9,625 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1726. Felipe V. Mallorca. 2 escudos. Anv.: Busto a derecha. PHILI V HISP R/1726. Rev.: MAIORICAR-castillo con palma-CA . Acuñación imperfecta de tipo casi "macuquino". Mismos cuños de anverso y reverso que el ejemplar de la Colección Caballero de las Yndias, nº 2000. Ex Áureo 22/04/1998, nº 618. Ex Colección Ramon Llull 26/11/2015, nº 499. Extraordinariamente rara. (MBC+). (Spain, Philip V, two escudos of 1726, Majorca mint. Obverse: bust right; reverse: crowned arms. Imperfect strike somewhat like a cob, extremely rare, very fine or better.)"
Philip V, grandson of Louis XV of France, established himself as king of Spain during the course of the War of the Spanish Succession. We don't know why this rare issue, local to the island of Mallorca, was minted or why it adopted the bust of the new king some years before it was introduced to the main mint at Madrid.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 6,73 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9702, KM 304, Cru.C.G. 6002a, Cal. 341.

Sources:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduard Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Publica 291: Collección Egara, vol. II y Collección Verdaguer, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó, 2017.

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