Spain 1729-S S 8 escudos

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Eliasberg lot 2079
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This specimen was lot 2079 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $2,760. The catalog description[1] noted,
"1729 8 escudos. Seville mint. EF details (NCS). Armored bust of Felipe V to right, legends and date around/crowned arms, garter around, legends around. Bright yellow gold, cleaned long ago and showing some hairlines. Called rare by Calico, struck in the first year of this portrait type at Seville. The obverse legends are mistakenly rendered PHILP V. Purchased from Watkins Coin Company, July 1943."
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 struck in Seville 1729-38 and extended to the Mexico City mint in 1732.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.07 g, .917 fine gold, .798 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 27.20 grams, 36.10 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Cayón-10009, KM 346.2, Fr-233, Calico Onza-526.


  • 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.
  • [1]Kraljevich, John, John Pack, Elizabeth O. Piper and Frank Van Valen, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection of World Gold Coins and Medals, Wolfboro, NH: American Numismatic Rarities, 2005.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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