Colombia 1757-NR JS 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 11311 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $9,600. The catalog description noted, "Extremely Rare 1757-JS 4 Escudos. COLOMBIA. 1757-JS 4 Escudos. Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) mint. Ferdinand VI (1746-1759). AU-58 (PCGS). One of the great rarities of the milled 4 Escudo series, listed as unique in Restrepo, though this piece is likely a second specimen. Choice medium yellow gold with outstanding luster on both sides. Well struck from centers to rims, nicely centered, just a very pleasing example. The reverse die is cracked through SEQ of SEQUOR. This assayer is not listed in Calicó at all; Krause-Mishler, in its infinite wisdom, lists it in four different grades. None have been offered in any of the major named sales, making this a major opportunity for specialists. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Don Canaparo, January 1981 (at $15,000)." This type was struck at Bogotá 1755-59 and at Popayán 1758-60. Unlike later dates (after 1772), these early issues are rare.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, .399 troy oz AGW.
Catalog reference: Cayón-10826, KM 31.1, Fr-17, Restrepo M20.5.
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