Portugal (1457-81) cruzado Fr-9

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from Sedwick Treasure Auction 21, lot 209

This specimen was lot 209 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 21 (Winter Park, FL, May 2017), where it sold for $940. The catalog description[1] noted, "Lisbon, Portugal, cruzado, Afonso V (1438-81, struck 1457-81), legends ADIVTORIVM … NOM / CRVZATVS … R, dot below cross, encircled cross at top on obverse (unlisted variety), from an unidentified 1400s wreck off Isle of Wight, England. AU with hints of luster, punchmark in center, unlisted legends (for the Portuguese numismatic specialist), one of very few shipwreck coins known from this period. From an unidentified 1400s wreck off Isle of Wight, England, with original certificate from the salvager." This undated cruzado was minted during the reign of Afonso V at Lisbon.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: gold, 3.55 grams.

Catalog reference: Gomes-unlisted (Type 34); Fr-9.


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  • Alberto Gomes and Francisco Antonio Magro, Moedas Portuguesas e do Território Que Hoje é Portugal: Catálogo das Moedas Cunhadas para o Continentes e Ilhas Adjacentes, para os Territórios do Ultramar e Grão-Mestres Portugueses da Ordem de Malta, 6ª Edição, Lisbon: Associação Numismática de Portugal, 2013.
  • [1]Sedwick, Daniel F., Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction #21, featuring Selections from the Richard Stuart Collection, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, 2017.

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