Spain 1607-Seg C escudo
This specimen was lot 4150 in Goldberg sale 41 (Beverly Hills, May 2007), where it sold for $4,370. The catalog description noted, "Spain. Escudo, 1607. Segovia mint-C and aquaduct. Philip III, 1598-1621. Obv: Crowned arms, to the left C and aqueduct, to the right '1' for denomination. Leg: PHILIPP--VS.III.D.G. Reverse: Jerusalem cross within quadrefoil, with date above. Leg: HISPANIARVM. REX. 1607. NGC graded MS-62. Philip III really attempted to improve the deteriorating position of Spain. He did make peace with England and the Netherlands, yet Spain continued to decline. His total expulsion of the Moors, hailed as a great step in the establishment of Catholic purity, actually greatly weakened the country. The Moors were leaders in education and trade in Spain and they were missed." This type is recorded for 1607-08. It is machine struck; contemporary issues from Seville and Madrid were cobs.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.43 g, .917 fine gold; this specimen 3.21 grams, 19.45 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: Fr-194, KM 29, Cayón no. 4964.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 41: the Pre-Long Beach Sale, Beverly Hills: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2007.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.