Spain 1751-M JB 1/2 escudo
This specimen was lot 2839 in Goldberg sale 53 (Beverly Hills, May 2009), where it sold for $575. The catalog description noted, "Spain. ½ Escudo, 1751-JB (Madrid). Ferdinand VI, 1746-1759. Bust right. Reverse: Crowned arms. Sharply struck example with full mint original luster. PCGS graded MS-63." This type was struck in Madrid 1748-59 (KM 378) and Seville 1747-59 (KM 374) and is not especially rare tho this specimen is above average. 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, .917 fine gold, .050 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-10665, Fr-274; KM 378.
- 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.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
- Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg Sale 53: the pre-Long Beach sale, Beverly Hills, CA: Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers, 2009.