Peru 1708-L H 4 escudos

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Ponterio sale 150, lot 8690

This coin was lot 8690 in Ponterio sale 150 (Los Angeles, August 2009), where it sold for $14,375. The catalog description[1] noted, "PERU. 4 Escudos, (1)708-H. EXTREMELY RARE date, unpublished and not present in the state of Florida collection. Possibly UNIQUE. Ex: '1715 Plate Fleet;' Ex: Ponterio Auction #146, lot #1072, where it realized $16,100. Traces of ocean encrustation. Lustrous, nearly MINT STATE." The type was struck in Lima, Peru, 1702-45; the date 1708 is listed for one, two and eight escudos cobs. Gold coins from colonial Peru are much scarcer than those from Colombian mints. Assayer H is recorded for 1696-1709.

Recorded mintage: Unknown.

Specification: 13.54 g, .931 fine gold, .405 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9795, KM-37 (unlisted date); Cal-type-49 (unlisted date); LCS-unlisted date; De la Puente-unlisted date.


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  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 150: The 2009 Los Angeles ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Bowers and Merena, 2009.

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