Spain 1742-M JA 1/2 escudo
"Felipe V (1700-1746). 1742. Madrid. JA. 1/2 escudo. Escasa. MBC. (Half escudo of 1742, Madrid mint. Scarce, very fine.)"This type was struck 1738-46 in Madrid (KM 361.1) and Seville (KM 361.2) and is not especially rare tho scarcer than later issues of Charles III. Half escudos were struck in metropolitan Spain 1738-97 in considerable numbers and are quite a bit more common than their silver equals, the eight reales. This is opposite from Latin America, where silver pesos were minted in vast quantities but half escudos would not be minted until the reign of Ferdinand VII. Assayer JA is not listed in the SCWC.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 g, .917 fine gold, .050 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-9472, KM 361.1, Cal. 572.
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