Colombia 1756-NR S 4 escudos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 11307
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This specimen was lot 11307 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $5,040. The catalog description[1] noted,
"Very Rare 1756-S 4 Escudos. COLOMBIA. 1756-S 4 Escudos. Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) mint. Ferdinand VI (1746-1759). AU-55 (PCGS). Light yellow gold with good sharpness, a bold strike, and ideal centering. Hairlines are present on both sides, and some nicks and scrapes are scattered through the right reverse field. A series of planchet laminations are mostly obscured at IND at the right obverse, and a smaller patch of similar texture is seen at the final D in FERDND. This is a very rare issue, not acquired by this collector in the first 30 years that this collection was formed and missing from the advanced holdings of John H. Clapp that ended up in the Eliasberg Collection. Restrepo terms this date very rare. There were no Colombian Ferdinand VI 4 Escudos offered in the 2013 Huntington Collection sale, and this date was missing from Caballero de las Yndias, Isabel Trastamara, and Norweb. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Don Canaparo, May 1998."
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: KM 31.1, Fr-17, Restrepo M20.2.


  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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