Spain 1743-M JA 1/2 escudo

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Sincona sale 38, lot 1959
This type was struck in Madrid and Seville 1738-46 and is not especially rare. 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. This specimen was lot 1959 in Sincona sale 38 (Zurich, May 2017), where it sold for 105 CHF (about US$126 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Felipe V. 1700-1746 1/2 Escudo 1743. JA-Madrid. Sehr schön. (kingdom of Spain, Philip V, 1700-46, half escudo of 1743, Madrid mint. Very fine.)"

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .917 fine gold, .050 troy oz AGW, this specimen 1.74 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9475, Fr-299, KM 361.1.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Jürg Richter, Auction 38, Gold Coins and Medals, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2017.

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