Spain 1730-S S 8 escudos
This specimen was lot 31308 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $4,935. The catalog description noted, "Philip V gold 8 Escudos 1730-S AU50 PCGS, Seville mint. An well-preserved specimen, with only limited friction evidence on the higher points and attractive toning over partially lustrous surfaces, also free of the planchet flaws or mishandling evidence that often occur for this large gold issue. A very scarce type, in unusually fine and very desirable quality." 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 struck in Seville 1729-38 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-10018, KM 346.2, Onza-528.
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