Peru 1705-L H 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 42 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 26 (Winter Park, FL, November 2019), where it sold for $28,560. The catalog description noted, "Lima, Peru, cob 4 escudos, 1705H, very rare, NGC MS 62, finest and only example in NGC census, ex-1715 Fleet (designated on special label). Sharply well struck on both sides, with superb full pillars-and-waves and cross-lions-castles, the former well centered and the latter shifted just enough to show most of PHILIPPVS, lustrous over slightly grainy surfaces (as made), only the second example we have handled, with no specimens cited in Tauler and missing in the State of Florida collection. From the 1715 Fleet." The type was struck in Lima, Peru, 1701-44. Gold coins from colonial Peru are much scarcer than those from Colombian mints. Assayer H is recorded for 1696-1710. Assayer M is listed for 1709-27.
Recorded mintage: 11,102.
Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 13.38 g.
Catalog reference: S-L25a; KM-37; CT-209, Cayón-9787.
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