Spain 1787-S CM 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3019, lot 25590
Spain 1787S 8 escudos rev Heritage 3019-25590.jpg

This specimen was lot 25590 in Heritage sale 3019 (Chicago, April 2012), where it sold for $1,840. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carlos III gold 8 Escudos 1787S-CM, XF45 NGC, considerable mint luster, pleasing yellow-gold surfaces." This type was struck 1786-88 and like all Spanish eight escudos as distinct from Spanish colonial eight escudos, is very rare. It is distinguished by earlier issues of Charles III (1773-84) by being only .875 fine instead of .901 fine gold.

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .762 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 409.2a, Fr-283.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, Madrid: Cayón-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]Tucker, Warren, and Cristiano Bierrenbach, World and Ancient Coins sale 3019, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.

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