Peru 1709-L M 4 escudos
This specimen was lot 43 in Sedwick Treasure Auction 26 (Winter Park, FL, November 2019), where it sold for $8,925. The catalog description noted, "Lima, Peru, cob 4 escudos, 1709M, very rare, NGC AU 58, ex-1715 Fleet. Full cross-lions-castles (unusually small design, characteristic of the 4E of 1708-9), the pillars side off-center and doubled but with clear date and assayer, lightly toned on fields, only the second example we have handled (no specimens cited in Tauler), this being second finest in NGC census. 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: unknown.
Specification: 13.53 g, .917 fine gold, this specimen 13.42 g.
Catalog reference: S-L28; KM-37 (unlisted date); CT-212, Cayón-9800.
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