Spain 1699-S M 4 escudos

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Heritage sale 3019, lot 25581
Spain 1699S 4 escudos rev Heritage 3019-25581.jpg

This specimen was lot 25581 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it sold for $12,650. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carlos II gold 4 Escudos 1699-M Seville, modern style, MS62 NGC, an impressive coin with bold design features and full mint brilliance. Struck in a collar (modern style) in transition from the more crudely manufactured cob coinage. Rare type and grade." This four escudos was struck 1699-1700 at Seville. This well struck, nicely centered coin may be contrasted with the crude cobs being minted at the Latin American mints, where screw presses were not installed until the 18th century.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.73 g, .917 fine gold, .404 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 7867, KM 232.1, Fr-224.


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  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cristiano Bierrenbach, World and Ancient Coins sale 3019, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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