Colombia 1808-NR JF 2 escudos

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 ANA sale, lot 40254
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This specimen was lot 40254 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Philadelphia, August 2018), where it sold for $4,920. The catalog description[1] noted, "COLOMBIA. 1808-JF 2 Escudos. Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) mint. Ferdinand VII (1808-1833). MS-62 (PCGS). The first of a short, rare series of 2 Escudos struck at Bogotá in the name of Ferdinand VII, all of which (of three known dates) depict the old bust of Carlos IV. This specimen is well struck, ideally centered, and dramatically lustrous, with electric cartwheel around both sides over rich yellow gold surfaces. The portrait is fully realized and the fields are fresh and problem free. A beautiful coin and a stellar example of this rarity. From the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins. Ex. Mühlenkamp, December 1973." This type was struck at Nuevo Reino (Bogotá) 1808-11 and at Popayán 1817-19 and is quite a bit scarcer than the earlier type of Charles IV, last struck in 1806. The bust of Ferdinand VII did not appear on any Colombian coins during his reign.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .875 fine gold, .190 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-16198, KM 65.1, Fr-63, Restrepo 124.1.


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