Spain 1721-S J 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 3789 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $5,170. The catalog description noted, "Spain. 8 Escudos, 1721-J (Seville). Philip V. Only two have been graded by NGC. Rare. NGC graded EF-45." This eight escudos was struck 1719-29 in Spain at Madrid and Seville, with the Madrid issues quite a bit rarer than those of 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 mid-18th century.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold.
Catalog reference: Cayón-9978, Fr-247; KM-315.
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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.
- Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, 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.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.