Peru 1749-L R 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3021, lot 22380
Peru 1749 8 escudos rev Heritage 3021-22380.jpg

This specimen was lot 22380 in Heritage sale 3021 (New York, January 2013), where it sold for $7,167.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "Ferdinand VI gold Cob 8 Escudos 1749 L-R, XF45 NGC Eliasberg, lightly toned and original, nicely centered on both sides with clear date, mintmark and assayer details. Part of Ferdinand is visible in the reverse legend. An attractive example with an important pedigree." Gold coins from colonial Peru are much scarcer than those from Colombian mints. Assayer R is recorded for 1748-50. 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-10852, KM 47.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3021, featuring the Cecil Webster, Richard P. Ariagno and Elizabeth McPhall Charters Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • 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.

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