Peru 1721-L M 2 escudos
This specimen was lot 31099 in Heritage sale 3081 (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $4,920. The catalog description noted, "Peru: Philip V gold Cob 2 Escudos 1721 L-M AU58 PCGS, Lima mint. A singular representative of this conditionally difficult gold type showcasing bold central detailing, accented throughout by pale clay red tones which complement the satiny golden fields to great visual effect." Assayer M is recorded for 1709-28. Cobs were struck at Lima until 1752, twenty years after Mexico City had switched to milled coinage. This type was struck 1701-44 and is rare, especially with a legible date.
Recorded mintage: 4,563.
Specification: 6.77 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 6.62 g.
Catalog reference: Fr-9, KM 36, Cal-312, Cayón-9686.
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