Peru 1708-L H 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 22375 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $8,812.50. The catalog description noted, "Felipe V gold Cob 8 Escudos 1708 L-H, PCGS Genuine, mount removed, (AU cleaned), nicely centered obverse details with a bold date, mintmark and assayer. The reverse features a full cross albeit slightly off-center. The surfaces show some evidence of cleaning but are attractive nonetheless and the mount removal noted by PCGS is not immediately visible in the holder. Rare and ever-popular coinage." Gold coins from colonial Peru are much scarcer than those from Colombian mints. Assayer H is recorded for 1696-1709. Cobs were struck at Lima until 1752, twenty years after Mexico City had switched to milled coinage.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-9910, KM 38.1.
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