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Countermark On A 1768 Spanish Escudo - Can You Identify?

 
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 Posted 12/04/2022  7:32 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add colonialjohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Countermark on a 1768 Spanish Escudo - Can you Identify?

Sort of a four leaf clover design countermark on this Spanish gold host coin. Any ideas of its origin?

Sorry no image of the whole obverse and reverse - a dealer at a local coin show asked me if I ever seen this countermark before? Does not ring a bell at the moment.

JPL


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 Posted 12/05/2022  9:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add realeswatcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This type of mark (and other similar marks) is typically attributed as a "jeweler's mark". I assume the purpose was to attest that a certain jeweler/handler verified that it was genuine. It's rather common, most frequently seen from my observation on peninsular (Madrid/Seville) 1/2 escudos, occasionally on 1E, more infrequently on higher denominations.

Given that they appear frequently on the peninsular 1/2E (which I don't believe were used in the Americas much at all), I assume these marks were done in Spain proper.
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Thanks - from memory it was on a lower denomination like a 1 or 2 Escudo it was not marked on a 4 or 8. JPL
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