Peru 1697-L H 4 escudos

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Ponterio sale 158, lot 586
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates
This specimen was lot 586 in Ponterio sale 158 (New York, January 2011), where it sold for $12,650. The catalog description[1] noted,
"PERU. 4 Escudos, (1)697/6-H. Choice 1697/6 Charles II Lima 4 Escudos. Charles II (1665-1700). Ex: 1715 Plate Fleet Shipwrecks. A fully lustrous well struck example of this VERY RARE type coin for Charles II. Bold and clear 'C.II' King's initial and ordinal present in reverse legend. The obverse exhibits a nearly full crown above small pillars. The small pillars are a feature found on 4 Escudos of Charles II, as those of Philip V are much taller, causing the crown to be place much higher in the dies. All pertinent central details are clear. The second date of issue for Lima gold and VERY RARE as such. An excellent type coin that is befitting of even the most sophisticated of collections. NGC MS-63."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .917 fine gold, .396 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-7853, Fr-2; KM-4; Cal-type-20#92.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 158: The 2011 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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