Spain 1765-M PJ 1/2 escudo
"1765. Carlos III. Madrid. PJ. 1/2 escudo. MBC-/MBC. (Charles III, 1759-88, half escudo of 1765, Madrid mint. About very fine.)"This type was struck in Madrid 1759-71 (KM 389.1) and Seville 1759-71 (KM 389.2) and is not especially rare tho scarcer than later issues which were only .901 fine. 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-12151, KM 389.1, Cal. 759.
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