Peru 1736-L N 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 21655
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 21655 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $14,950. The catalog description[1] noted, "Felipe V gold cob 8 Escudos 1736N Lima, AU50 NGC, nicely struck on a virtually round planchet, appealing old-time cabinet patina. The obverse is slightly double-struck causing the 3 in the date to be only partially expressed, but a serendipitous second date is clearly readable in the obverse legend: ANO 736. From the Don Benito Collection of Hispanic Gold." 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: 35,504.

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

Catalog reference: Cayón-10042, 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, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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