Spain 1776-S CF 1/2 escudo

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Aureo sale 243, lot 580
This specimen was lot 546 in Aureo y Calicó sale 243 (Barcelona, April 2012), where it sold for 260 € (about $393 including buyer's fees). The catalog[1] noted,
"Carlos III (1759-1788). 1776. Sevilla. CF. 1/2 escudo. Escasa. MBC-/MBC+. (Half escudo of 1776, Seville mint. Scarce, very fine.)"
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 CF is listed for 1767-83.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .901 fine gold, .049 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 415.2, Cal. 799.

Source:

  • 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.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • 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, 2012.

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