Spain 1797-M MF 2 escudos

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Sincona sale 26, lot 4238
This specimen was lot 4238 in Sincona sale 26 (Zurich, October 2015), where it sold for 325 CHF (about US$402 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Carlos IV. 1788-1808 2 Escudos 1797. Madrid Mmz. MF. Sehr schön-vorzüglich. Kl. Kratzer. (kingdom of Spain, Charles IV, 1788-1808, two escudos of 1797, Madrid mint. Very fine to extremely fine with light scratches.)"
This type was struck in Madrid 1788-1808 (KM 435.1) and Seville 1790-1808 (KM 435.2) and is not especially rare tho choice specimens are always in demand. Two escudos were struck in metropolitan Spain 1738-1833 in considerable numbers and are quite a bit more common than their counterparts from Latin America, where the two escudos was a rare denomination. Assayer MF is listed for 1788-1800.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .875 fine gold, .190 troy oz AGW; this specimen is 6.71 g.

Catalog reference: KM 435.1, C.T. 275. Fr-296.


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  • [1]Richter, Jürg, Ruedi Kunzmann and Arne Kirsch, Numismatic Coins & Medals, Auction 26, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2015.

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