Spain 1772-M PJ 4 escudos

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Künker sale 336, lot 6255
This specimen was lot 6255 in Künker sale 336 (Osnabruck, Germany, March 2020), where it sold for €1,300 (about US$1,701 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"SPANIEN, KÖNIGREICH, Carlos III. 1759-1788. 4 Escudos 1772, M-PJ, Madrid. GOLD. Sehr selten in dieser Erhaltung. Attraktives Exemplar mit feiner Goldpatina, vorzüglich. (kingdom of Spain, Charles III, 1759-88, four escudos of 1772, Madrid mint. Scarce in this condition, attractive example with fine gold toning, extremely fine.)"
This type was struck in Madrid 1772-85 (KM 418.1) and Seville 1772-85 (KM 418.2). The four escudos of Charles III are more available than eight escudos of the same period. It is distinguished by later issues of Charles III (1786-88) by being .901 fine instead of .875 fine gold. Four escudos prior to this type are all rare.

Recorded mintage: unknown but a better date.

Specification: 13.54 g, .901 fine gold, .392 troy oz AGW, this specimen 13.48 g.

Catalog reference: Cayón-12613, KM 418.1, Fr-284; Calicó 299.


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  • 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.
  • 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]Künker Münzauktionen und Goldhandel, Catalog 336: Gold coins from all over the World|German Coins after 1871. Osnabrück: Fritz Rudolf Künker GmbH & Co., AG, 2020.

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