Spain 1795-M MF 1/2 escudo

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Aureo sale 243, lot 752
This specimen was lot 752 in Aureo y Calicó sale 243 (Barcelona, April 2012), where it sold for 180 € (about $227 including buyer's fees). The catalog[1] noted,
"1795. Carlos IV. Madrid. MF. 1/2 escudo. Muy rara. MBC. (half escudo of 1795, Madrid mint. Very rare, very fine.)"
This type was struck in Madrid 1788-97 (KM 415.1) and is rather rare in comparison to the half escudos of the previous reign. 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 MF is listed for 1788-99.

Recorded mintage: unknown but quite scarce.

Specification: 1.69 g, .875 fine gold, .047 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 433, Cal. 615.

Source:

  • 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.
  • 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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