This 1801 gold 2 escudo coin of King Carlos IV (Charles IV) has a Madrid mint mark and bears the initials FA. It also has a small golden fleece hanging from the chain on the reverse which we found quite interesting!
Carlos IV (Charles the IV) facing right. Legend:-
CAROL IIII D.G. HISP ET IND R.
A crowned shield, surrounded by what appears to be an ornate gold chain with a fleece suspended from it, with "2" and "S" on either side of the shield but inside the chain; and the legend:-
IN UTROQ FELIX AUSPICE DEO
(Crowned) M A.I. The Mint Officials initials FA stand for Francisco Herrera and Antonio Goicoechea and are seen at the lower right. On the lower left is an M for Madrid.
When we created this page, we asked why the Spanish Mint chose to engrave the coins 2S rather than 2E?
We are grateful to Snr. Jesus V Toled (we owe him a pint!) who provided us with the following answer:
In Spanish it's ESCUDO. In plural ESCUDOS.
Coin inscriptions were written in Latin (not to be confused with italian). The letter E was not used, because in Latin it's written SCUDO. Latin was used (and sometimes still is) in religious ceremonies, documents, buildings, etc.
|Actual Gold Weight||0.1904 oz|
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