Spain 1717-S M 8 escudos

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Sincona sale 43, lot 3760
This specimen was lot 3760 in Sincona sale 43 (Zurich, October 2017), where it sold for 3,000 CHF (about US$3,580 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SPAIN, Königreich, Felipe V. 1700-1746 8 Escudos 1717. M-Sevilla. Fast vorzüglich. NGC AU50. (kingdom of Spain, Philip V, 1700-46, eight escudos of 1717, Seville mint. About extremely fine.)"
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, Cayón 9959. Fr-247.

Source:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón9-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.
  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Sincona sale 43, Gold and Silver Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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