Spain 1726-S J 8 escudos

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Goldberg sale 34, lot 2447
photo courtesy Ira & Larry Goldberg
This specimen was lot 2447 in Goldberg sale 34 (Beverly Hills, February 2006), where it sold for $11,250. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Spain. 8 Escudos, 1726-J (Seville). Philip V. Bourbons coat of arms. Reverse: Cross in quartrefoil. Struck a tiny bit off center. Well struck with good rims. Rare in any grade and this specimen is nicer than usually seen. NGC graded AU-58."
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. 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: Cayón-9992, KM 315, 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: 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 34: the pre-Long Beach sale, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2006.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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