Spain 1788-S C 8 escudos

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Ponterio sale 151, lot 8785
photo courtesy Ponterio & Associates

This specimen was lot 8785 in Ponterio sale 151 (Baltimore, November 2009), where it sold for $2,415. The catalog description[1] noted, "SPAIN. 8 Escudos, 1788-C. Seville Mint. NGC AU-58." 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. The image shown here shows the white tabs from NGC's new holder.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

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

Catalog reference: Cayón-13011, Fr-283; KM-409.2a; Cal-263.


  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 151: The 2009 Baltimore Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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