Spain 1747-M JB 1/2 escudo
This specimen was lot 5235 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it sold for $190. The catalog description noted, "Spain. ½ Escudo, 1747-JB (Madrid). Ferdinand VI. Head right. Reverse: Crowned arms. NGC graded EF-45." This type was struck in Madrid and Seville 1746-59 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.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 1.69 g, 0.917 fine gold, 0.0498 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-10654, Fr-274; KM-372.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 72: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.