Spain 1760-M JP 1/2 escudo

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Eliasberg lot 2103
Spain 1760M half escudo rev Eliasberg 2103.jpg

This specimen was lot 2103 in the Eliasberg sale, where it sold for $207. The catalog description[1] noted, "1760 JP 1/2 escudo. Madrid mint. AU-50 (NGC). Head of Carlos III to right, legends and date around/crowned arms, legends around. Light yellow gold with a trace of lustre and excellent eye appeal. From the John H. Clapp Collection; Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., 1942." This type was struck at the Madrid and Seville mints 1759-71. Mintages are not recorded but Seville seems to be slightly scarcer than Madrid. Half escudos were first struck in Spain in 1738 and were issued in fairly large numbers until 1788. The issue of half escudos did not begin at the colonial mints until 1814, and then only in small numbers.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 1.69 g, .917 fine gold, .050 troy oz AGW; this specimen: 1.60 grams, 14.80 mm.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12141, KM 389.1, Fr-278, C&C-15035.


  • 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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