Spain 1705-S P 4 escudos

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Jean Elsen sale 142, lot 1115
This specimen was lot 1115 in Jean Elsen sale 142 (Brussels, September 2019), where it sold for €2,050 (about US$2,661 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ESPAGNE, Philippe V (1700-1746), AV 4 escudos, 1705P, Séville. D/ Ecu couronné entre deux rosettes. R/ Croix potencée dans un quadrilobe orné de trèfles. Dans les angles extérieurs: 4-S-4-P. Rare Fines griffes. Très Beau. (kingdom of Spain, Philip V, 1700-46, gold four escudos of 1705, Seville mint. Obverse: crowned arms between two rosettes; reverse: cross potent in a quadrilobe, in the angles "4-S-4-P". Rare, fine scratches, Very Fine.)"
Altho this coin is machine struck, the style of this Spanish four escudos is very reminiscent of the gold cobs being struck in New Spain at the time. No overdate mentioned is mentioned in the catalog, which prices this type triple the price of a Lima four escudos. It was struck 1701-18.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.73 g, .917 fine gold, .404 troy oz ASW; this specimen 13,34 g.

Catalog reference: C.C.T. 197; Cal. 165; Fr-249, Cayón-9789.


  • 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.
  • Calicó, Xavier, Numismática Española: Catálogo General con Precios de Todas las Monedas Españolas Acuñadas desde Los Reyes Católicos Hasta Juan Carlos I, 1474 a 2001, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó, 2008.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 142, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2019.

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