Spain 1728-M JJ 8 escudos

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Heritage sale 3076, lot 32232
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This specimen was lot 32232 in Heritage sale 3076 (Long Beach, CA, September 2019), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Spain: Rare and Imposing Philip V 8 Escudos. Philip V gold 8 Escudos 1728 M-JJ XF45 NGC, Madrid mint, An incredible rarity with an attractive amber chroma and light rose tones surrounding the devices. The offering exhibits even wear throughout, remaining bold and handsome despite circulation. The year 1728 saw the first "bust" 8 Escudos produced within Spain, rendering this well-preserved selection quite special to a degree much beyond its sheer scarcity and impressive visual impact. The first example of the type we have ever had the privilege to offer, with the last example of the date to come to auction bringing the equivalent of $20,127 when it sold in NAC's 2012 Auction 65 (lot 3039)." This type was struck at Madrid 1728-29. More were struck 1729-30 (KM 346.1), then production ceased there until 1750. The portrait type was introduced to Mexico in 1732.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold.

Catalog reference: KM 347, Cal-81, Cayón-9998, Onza-371 (Extremely Rare).


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  • 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.
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  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3076, featuring the Allen Moretti Swiss Collection and the James Mossman Collection of Canadian Coinage, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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