Peru 1708-L H 4 escudos
This coin was lot 8690 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $14,375. The catalog description noted, "PERU. 4 Escudos, (1)708-H. EXTREMELY RARE date, unpublished and not present in the state of Florida collection. Possibly UNIQUE. Ex: '1715 Plate Fleet;' Ex: Ponterio Auction #146, lot #1072, where it realized $16,100. Traces of ocean encrustation. Lustrous, nearly MINT STATE." The type was struck in Lima, Peru, 1702-45; the date 1708 is listed for one, two and eight escudos cobs. Gold coins from colonial Peru are much scarcer than those from Colombian mints. Assayer H is recorded for 1696-1709.
Recorded mintage: Unknown.
Specification: 13.54 g, .931 fine gold, .405 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM-37 (unlisted date); Cal-type-49 (unlisted date); LCS-unlisted date; De la Puente-unlisted date.
- 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.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 150: The 2009 Los Angeles ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.