Spain 1824-M AI 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 31709 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $2,520. The catalog description noted, "Ferdinand VII gold 4 Escudos 1824 M-AI AU50 NGC, Madrid mint. Exceedingly rare and the final date for this denomination, NGC and PCGS combined show just two certified examples; one graded AU53 PCGS, and this coin. Despite some flattening to Ferdinand's bust commensurate with the assigned grade, this specimen shows rich coloring and an attractive coverage of silky luster, particularly to the reverse which appears a far higher grade than AU50. KM lists this coin at $5,600 in XF40. A prime representative of this rare denomination." This type was issued at Madrid 1814-20 and 1824 and is the last issue of the traditional gold four escudos. Unlike the four escudos of the Latin American mints, it is fairly common.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.54 g, .875 fine gold.
Catalog reference: KM 484.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- 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.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.