Spain 1747-M J 8 escudos

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Áureo y Calicó sale 347, lot 261
This specimen was lot 261 in Áureo y Calicó sale 347 (Barcelona, March 2020), where it sold for €46,000 (about US$60,706 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1747. Fernando VI. Madrid. J. 8 escudos. Primer busto, similar al usado en Guatemala, México y Santiago, rarísimo en cecas peninsulares. Muy bella. Brillo original. Rarísima y más así. Sólo hemos tenido otro ejemplar, el de la Colección Caballero de las Yndias. EBC+. (kingdom of Spain, Ferdinand VI, eight escudos of 1747, madrid mint, first bust, similar to that used in Guatemala, Mexico and Santiago, extremely rare for a peninsular issue. Very handsome, original luster, extremely rare, we know of only one other, in the Caballero de las Yndias collection. Choice extremely fine.)"
In 1747, onzas or doubloons were struck at Lima, Madrid, Mexico and Seville. None are common but the Madrid and Seville issues are extremely rare. Madrid would not strike onzas between 1750 and 1760.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a rare date.

Specification: 27.07 g, 0.917 gold, this specimen 27 g.

Catalog reference: AC. 777, Cal.Onza 592, KM 377.1, Cayón-10840 (florettes by the mintmark).

Source:

  • 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.
  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.
  • Cayón, Adolfo, Clemente Cayón and Juan Cayón, Las Monedas Españolas, del Tremis al Euro: del 411 a Nuestros Dias, 2 volumes, 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.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduard Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Publica 347: Seleccion de 500 Monedas, Medallas y Billetes, Barcelona: Áureo y Calicó, 2020.

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