Spain 1779-M PJ 8 escudos

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Aureo sale 232, lot 1319
The specimen shown was lot 1319 in Aureo y Calico sale 232 (Barcelona, March 2011), where it sold for 3,100 euros (about $5,115 including buyer's fee). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Carlos III (1759-1788). 1779. Madrid. PJ. 8 escudos. Insignificantes golpecitos. Bellísima. Brillo original. Rara y más así. EBC/EBC+. (Charles III, 1759-88, eight escudos of 1779, Madrid mint, tiny nicks, beautiful original luster, extremely fine.)"
This Spanish equivalent of the doubloon was struck at the Madrid and Seville mints 1772-84. 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. Assayer PJ is listed for 1765-81.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Cayón-12808, KM 409.1, Cal-60, Cal Onza-731.

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, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.
  • 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.

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