Chile 1799-So DA 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3010, lot 20545
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 20545 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $1,610. The catalog description[1] noted, "Carlos IIII gold 8 Escudos 1799-DA, AU50 NGC, a very attractive piece with bold details and abundant mint luster. From the Don Benito Collection of Hispanic Gold." The specimen was one of a series struck 1791-1808 during the reign of Charles IV. It bears Charles' name and the bust of Charles III, who died in 1788. The bust of Charles IV appears on the four escudos but not the eight escudos. This type is fairly common for Spanish colonial gold.

Recorded mintage: 41,000.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 54.


  • 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.
  • Krause, Chester L., and Colin R. Bruce II, Standard Catalog of World Coins: Spain, Portugal and the New World, Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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