Peru 1717-L M 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3024, lot 25215
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 25215 in Heritage sale 3024 (Chicago, April 2013), where it sold for $6,462.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Felipe V gold Cob 8 Escudos 1717 L-M, XF, Pillars with date/Cross of Jerusalem, a pleasing example of this large gold type with the central detail being essentially perfectly centered on the obverse and a full cross on the reverse. A tiny test scrape of no visual significance is noted on the edge at 4 o'clock." Cob eight escudos were struck at the Lima mint 1701-47 for Philip V of Spain and became the "doubloons" of pirate lore.

Recorded mintage: 55,691.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW, this specimen 26.95 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9956, Fr-7; KM-38.2.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3024, featuring the Kairos and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collections, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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