Peru 1720-L M 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 31457
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31457 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $4,800. The catalog description[1] noted, "Philip V gold Cob 8 Escudos 1720/19 L-M XF - Polished, Mount Removed, Lima mint. Nicely detailed and centered, however once set in jewelry with evidence of mount removal at 12 o'clock and surfaces that have been unnaturally brightened as a result. An affordable example of the type." This type is recorded for 1710-47. The Mexico City mint was converted to milled coinage in 1732-34 but Lima would not follow suit until 1751.

Recorded mintage: 53,003.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW, this specimen 32 mm diameter, 26.87 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9971, 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]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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