Spain 1775-S CF 4 escudos

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Jean Elsen sale 135, lot 1300
This specimen was lot 1300 in Jean Elsen sale 135 (Brussels, December 2017), where it sold for €1,200 (about US$1,662 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ESPAGNE, Charles III (1759-1788), AV 4 escudos, 1775CF, Séville. D/ B. dr. et cuir. à d. R/ Ecu couronné, entouré du collier de la Toison d'or. Patine colorée. Très Beau à Superbe. (kingdom of Spain, Charles III, 1759-88, gold four escudos of 1775, Seville mint. Obverse: draped and armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms, Order of the Golden Fleece around. Toned, Very Fine - Extremely Fine.)"
This type was struck in Madrid 1772-85 (KM 418.1) and Seville 1772-81 and 1784-85 (KM 418.2). 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. Four escudos prior to this type are all rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown but common.

Specification: 13.54 g, .901 fine gold, .392 troy oz AGW, this specimen 13,53 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12633, C.C.T. 228; KM 418.2, Fr-285.


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  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 135, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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