Spain 1775-M PJ 1/2 escudo

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Aureo sale 269, lot 259
This specimen was lot 259 in Aureo sale 269 (Barcelona, July 2015), where it sold for €130 (about US$168 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1775. Carlos III. Madrid. PJ. 1/2 escudo. MBC/MBC+. (Spain, Charles III, half escudo of 1775, Madrid mint, very fine or better.)"
This type was struck in Madrid 1772-85 (KM 415.1) and Seville 1773-83 (KM 415.2) and is not especially rare tho choice specimens are always in demand. 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. Assayer PJ is listed for 1765-81.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .875 fine gold, .049 troy oz AGW, this specimen 1,77 g.

Catalog reference: KM 434, Cal. 769.

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.
  • 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.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Numismática, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2015.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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