Colombia 1709 2 escudos

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Heritage sale 3037, lot 29272
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 29272 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $4,700. The catalog description[1] noted, "Charles II gold 2 Escudos 1709-(SF) MS63 NGC, Santa Fe mint. Posthumous issue of Charles II under Philip V. A particularly impressive and desirable example of this scarce and very popular cob type, in attractively colored Choice Mint State condition and showing a full 4-digit date. A perfect candidate to represent this type in a high grade set." This type was issued from Bogotá 1701-13. Specimens with legible dates are worth double those without. This type comes without a mintmark or assayer initials. Many have been made into jewelry and sold as "pirate gold."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .917 fine gold, .199 troy oz.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9651, KM 14.2, Restrepo-M66.


  • 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.
  • Restrepo, Jorge Emilio, Monedas de Colombia, 1619-2006, Medellin, Colombia, Impresiones Rojo: 2006.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 9th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2017.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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