Spain 1777-M PJ 1/2 escudo

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Aureo sale 243, lot 552
This specimen was lot 552 in Aureo y Calicó sale 243 (Barcelona, April 2012), where it sold for 180 € (about $227 including buyer's fees). The catalog[1] noted,
"Carlos III (1759-1788). 1777. Madrid. PJ. 1/2 escudo. Restos de brillo original. MBC/MBC+. (half escudo of 1777, Madrid mint. Some original luster, 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 PJ is listed for 1765-81.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: KM 415.1, Cal. 771.

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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • 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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