Spain 1713-S M 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 21877 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $16,100. The catalog description noted, "Felipe V gold 8 Escudos 1713M Seville, MS64 NGC, crowned coat of arms // denomination 8 (twice), mintmark S and assayer M in the angles of the cross. A superb example with subtle golden patina and fully struck details. The planchet is virtually round and overall eye appeal is exquisite." Altho this coin is machine struck, the style of this Spanish eight escudos is very reminiscent of the gold cobs being struck in New Spain at the time. All Spanish eight escudos are rare compared to their Latin American counterparts and this issue is no exception. The Madrid issues are substantially rarer than the Seville issues. This type is noted for 1701-19. The portrait type was adopted in 1729 and extended to the Mexico City mint in 1732.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: KM 260, Friedberg 247, Cayón 9941.
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- 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.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.