Spain 1617-S G 2 escudos
This specimen was lot 64 in Sedwick sale 25 (Winter Park, FL, May 2018), where it sold for $33,320. The catalog description noted, "Seville, Spain, cob 2 escudos, 1617G, rare, ex-Atocha (1622). Choice full cross with clear bottom half of date in legend, nearly full and well-detailed shield and crown, Mint State with some roughness in peripheries from rusty dies but also some scratches on reverse where coral was removed (traces remaining). From the Atocha (1622), with original Fisher tags (paper and plastic) and certificate #85A-GC041, hand inscribed to the consignor 'Today's the day… Mel.'" This type was struck 1601-21 with assayer G noted for 1616-21. What would a Spanish coin be doing on board a treasure ship going back to Spain?
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 6.77 g, .931 fine gold, this specimen 6.75 grams.
Catalog reference: Cayón-5004, Fr-189, CT-46.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Sedwick, Daniel Frank, Augi Garcia and Cori Sedwick Downing, Treasure Auction 25, Winter Park, FL: Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC, 2019.