Colombia 1760-PN J 4 escudos Fr-18

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 11316
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This specimen was lot 11316 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it sold for $1,440. The catalog description[1] noted,
"COLOMBIA. 1760-J 4 Escudos. Popayán mint. Ferdinand VI (1746-1759). AU Detail — Graffiti (PCGS). Frosty medium yellow gold with attractive if subtle toning around devices and legends. Good luster is still visible around the obverse and across the reverse. A thin lamination fissure extends from P of the mintmark into the center of the shield. Only minor marks are seen, but for a tiny and carefully scratched 32 in the upper left obverse field, probably left by someone who inscribed inventory numbers on their coins in ink, but the scratches were left behind once the ink was no more. Still sharp and pleasing, well centered and fully struck, a fine example of this rare final Popayán 4 Escudos struck in the name of the (then deceased) Ferdinand VI. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. From Christie's Geneva sale of the Kurt Homme Collection, November 25-26, 1981, lot 692."
This type was struck at Bogotá 1755-59 and at Popayán 1758-60. A similar four escudos with the bust of Ferdinand VI and the title of Charles III (Fr-26) was also struck in 1760. 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-10837, KM 31.1, Fr-18, Restrepo M22.2.


  • [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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