Spain 1701-S M 8 escudos

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Aureo sale 242, lot 178
The specimen shown was lot 178 in Aureo y Calico sale 242 (Barcelona, Spain, March 2012), where it sold for 2,700 € (about $4,192 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
Felipe V (1700-1746). 1701. Sevilla. M. 8 escudos. Tipo Cruz. Sin escusón de los Borbones. Valor, ceca y ensayador en anverso. La E de DEI rectificada sobre una G. Leves golpecitos. Preciosa pátina. Rara. MBC+. (Philip V (1700-46), eight escudos of 1701, Seville mint, cross type without the shield of Portugal. Value, mint and assayer on obverse; the E of DEI punched over a G. Light nicks, nice patina, rare, choice extremely fine.)"
This eight escudos was struck 1701 only at Seville. The regular issue of 1701-19 moved the denomination and assayer's initials to the reverse. This well struck, nicely centered coin may be contrasted with the crude cobs being minted at the Latin American mints, where screw presses were not installed until the 18th century.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.47 g, .917 fine gold, .809 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9874, KM 259, Cal. 157, Cal.Onza 461.


  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, Madrid: Cayón-Jano S.L., 2005.
  • 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]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2012.

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