Spain 1623-S R 2 escudos

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Jean Elsen sale 120, lot 1183
Spain 1623S 2 escudos rev JElsen 120-1183.jpg
This specimen was lot 1183 in Jean Elsen sale 120 (Brussels, March 2014), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted,
"ESPAGNE, Philippe IV (1621-1665), AV 2 escudos, 1623, Séville. Droit: Ecu couronné. Revers: Croix potencée dans un quadrilobe cantonné de quatre annelets. Très Rare. La date bien lisible. Très Beau. (Spain, Philip IV, 1621-65, gold two escudos of 1623, Seville mint. Obverse: crowned arms; reverse: cross crosslet within quadrilobe with four ringlets. Very rare with legible date, very fine.)"
This type is recorded for 1622-61 and is noted as the most common two escudos of the seventeenth century. The type is also mentioned for Madrid and Cuenca but those issues are much scarcer. It is hammered.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.87 g, .917 fine gold, .202 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6,61 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón no. 6627, KM 82.1, C.C.T., 121/122; Fr-206.


  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, Vente Publique 120, Brussels: Jean Elsen & ses Fils, S.A., 2014.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, vol. 1, 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.

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