Spain 1730-S 2 escudos

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Jean Elsen sale 137, lot 872
This specimen was lot 872 in Jean Elsen sale 137 (Brussels, June 2018), where it sold for €850 (about US$1,183 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"ESPAGNE, Philippe V (1700-1746), AV 2 escudos, 1730, Séville. Première année du type au buste. Sans différent de maître. D/ B. cuir. à d. R/ Ecu couronné. Rare. Superbe. (Spain, Philip V, 1700-46, gold two escudos of 1730, Seville mint, first year of the bust type, without assayer's initials. Obverse: armored bust to right; reverse: crowned arms. Rare, extremely fine.)"
Spanish two escudos are somewhat more common than their Latin American counterparts and this issue is no exception. The portrait type was struck in Madrid 1730-34, Seville 1730-42 and extended to the Mexico City mint in 1732.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 6.77 g, .901 fine gold, .196 troy oz AGW, this specimen 6,73 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-9714, C.C.T. 291; Cal. 421; Fr-236, KM 353.


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  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • [1]Elsen, Philippe, et al., Vente Publique 137, Brussels: Jean Elsen et ses Fils, S.A., 2018.

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