Chile 1802-So JJ 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 1351
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This specimen was lot 1351 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $977.50. It was one of a series struck 1791-1808 during the reign of Charles IV. It bears Charles' name and the bust of Charles III, died 1788. The bust of Charles IV appears on the 4 escudos but not the 8 escudos. This type is fairly common for Spanish colonial gold. Assayer JJ is recorded for this date only.

The catalog description[1] noted, "1802 JJ 8 escudos. Santiago mint. AU-53 (NGC). Types as above. Medium gold with deep golden brown toning in the recesses, where traces of lustre remain. Some hairlines, obverse rim nick at 9:00. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942."

Recorded mintage: 49,000.

Specification: 27.07 g, .875 fine gold, .761 troy oz AGW. This specimen: 27.07 grams, 37.50 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 54, Fr-23, Calico Onza-1172.


  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 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, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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