Spain 1632-S R 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3040, lot 30623
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This specimen was lot 30623 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description[1] noted, "Philip IV gold Cob 8 Escudos 1632 S-R XF40 NGC, Seville mint, Well preserved with a relatively bold strike and sufficient parts of the date (bottom parts of the last two digits 32 are visible on the top right of the reverse) for a certain attribution. Very rare with less than five confirmed specimens by the cataloger. The Onza reference plate coin and certainly worthy of a premium bid as such." This type is recorded for 1632-61 with all dates noted as rare. It is a cob; contemporary issues from Segovia were milled while Madrid's products were cobs.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.47 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 6766, KM 112, Onza-87 (this coin).


  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage Signature Auction 3040, featuring the Santa Maria, the Alan Dean and the Valley View Life Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.
  • 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.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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