Spain 1774-M PJ 8 escudos

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Aureo sale 261, lot 485
This specimen was lot 485 in Aureo y Calicó sale 261 (Barcelona, July 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1774. Carlos III. Madrid. PJ. 8 escudos. Bonito color. Escasa. MBC/MBC+. (Charles III, 1759-88, eight escudos of 1774, Madrid mint. Nice color, scarce, very fine or better.)"
This type was struck in Madrid 1771-84 (KM 409.1) and Seville 1772-84 (KM 409.2). The Spanish four escudos of Charles III are more available than eight escudos of the same period. It is distinguished by later issues of Charles III (1785-88) by being .901 fine instead of .875 fine gold. Unlike the Latin American mints which concentrated on eight escudos, the most common Spanish gold coins of the period were the half escudo and two escudos. Spanish eight escudos are very rare. The bust type was introduced to the Spanish mints in 1729.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .901 fine gold, .784 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 409.1, Fr-282, Cal. 54, Cal.Onza 723.

Sources:

  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón9-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.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Pública 261, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2014.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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