Spain 1723-M A escudo
Altho this coin is machine struck, the style of this Spanish escudo is very reminiscent of the gold cobs being struck in New Spain at the time. This type was issued 1701-26 from Seville and 1719-27 from Madrid. The portrait type was adopted in 1729 and extended to the Mexico City mint in 1732. This specimen was lot 30629 in Heritage sale 3040 (Chicago, April 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "Philip V gold Escudo 1723 M-A MS63 NGC, Madrid mint. Choice Mint State with substantial subdued luster and most attractive apricot reddish toning. A perfect type coin for this elusive type, very rare and most desirable in this elite quality."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 3.38 g, .917 fine gold, .097 troy oz AGW, this specimen 3.4g.
Catalog reference: Cayón-9547, KM 312.
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