Spain 1712-M J 8 escudos

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Aureo sale 232, lot 170
The specimen shown was lot 170 in Aureo y Calicó sale 232 (Barcelona, March 2011), where it sold for 26,300 euros (about $43,395 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted,
"Felipe V (1700-1746). 1712. Madrid. J. 8 escudos. (Cal. 72) (Cal.Onza 361, mismo ejemplar, la señala como única) (Caballero de las Yndias nº 1986, mismo ejemplar). Tipo ´cruz´. Última onza macuquina de una ceca peninsular. Muy atractiva. EBC. (Philip V, 1700-46, eight escudos of 1712, Madrid mint. Ex-Caballero de las Yndias, lot 1986. Cross type, the last cob from a Spanish mint. Very attractive extremely fine.)
This Spanish eight escudos is a cob, similar to those being struck in New Spain at the time. All Spanish eight escudos are rare compared to their Latin American counterparts and this issue is no exception. The Madrid issues are substantially rarer than the Seville issues. The portrait type was adopted in 1729 and extended to the Mexico City mint in 1732.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9934, KM 294, Fr-247, Calico Onza-361 (plate specimen).


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  • [2]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Selección de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Aureo y Calicó Subastas, 2011.

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