Spain 1772-M PJ 2 escudos
This specimen was lot 4229 in Sincona sale 20 (Zurich, October 2014), where it sold for CHF 325 (about US$407 including buyer's fees). The catalog description noted, "2 Escudos 1772. Madrid Mmz. PJ. Sehr schön. (very fine.)" This type was struck in Madrid 1772-85 (KM 417.1) and Seville 1773-79 (KM 417.2) and is not especially rare tho choice specimens are always in demand. Two escudos were struck in metropolitan Spain 1738-1833 in considerable numbers and are quite a bit more common than their counterparts from Latin America, where the two escudos was a rare denomination. Assayer PJ is listed for 1765-81.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .901 fine gold, .196 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6.67 g.
Catalog reference: KM 417.1, C.T. 351. Fr-286, Cayón-12431.
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