Spain (1556-98)-S D 2 escudos

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 31690
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 31690 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $2,400. The catalog description[1] noted, "Philip II gold Cob 2 Escudos ND (1556-98) S-D MS64 NGC, Seville mint. It is unusual enough to find this crude cob type in Mint State, let alone an MS64 example such as this. Centrally and definitively struck, this coin exhibits substantial luster over crisp, choice details. Certainly one of the finest certified, a stunning specimen worthy of a premium collection." This issue comes with a square "D" (shown here), a normal "D" (Cayón-4095) or missing the king's ordinal (Cayón-4097).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .931 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Fr-169, Cayón-4098.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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