World, U.S. Coin and Paper Money Auction #23
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Internet, Tuesday-Wednesday, May 15-16, 2018
One of the most
rewarding things we do to put together an auction is deep research for important
items, which we feel is a benefit to everyone. Thanks to advances in technology
that have increased the availability of research materials, we are able to
discover (or rediscover) lost pedigrees, new varieties or important historical
context, or even to correct longstanding errors. This extra work pays off for
both consignors and bidders, of course, but also advances general understanding
of numismatic history. We hope you enjoy the fruits of our labors!
Here are some important highlights this time:
Gold Cobs we begin with many high-grade Mexico City and Lima cob 8
escudos from the 1715 Fleet, plus a broad-flan Cuzco 2 escudos, along with a
number of Colombian and Spanish cobs of all periods.
U.S. Coins and Paper Money
starts with the perfect bridge from gold cobs: a unique and historical Lima cob
8 escudos 1741V regulated to $15 in value by Boston goldsmith Joseph Edwards,
Jr. in the early days of the United States (sometime around 1770 to 1783). A
brief history on regulated gold coinage in the United States, researched and
written by Daniel Frank Sedwick, precedes the lot.
World Gold Coins we feature several Mexican 8 escudos pedigreed to the
James Bevill collection, including some that are plated in his Texas numismatic
history book, The Paper Republic (2009).
Shipwreck Ingots section has gold and silver specimens from nine
different shipwrecks, including three large silver bars and a silver “piña”
ingot all from the Atocha (1622) with a combined weight of just over 266
Shipwreck Coins section consists of many gold and silver coins recovered
from popular wrecks like Atocha (1622), Maravillas (1656), 1715
Fleet, Vliegenthart (1735), and S.S. Republic (1865) in addition
to scarcer finds like Whydah (1717) and “Fort Capron treasure” (1857).
Don’t miss the Auguste (1761) Shipwreck Research Collection, which boasts
a wide variety of dates and mints of French ecus.
inaugural Coin Jewelry section is made up of pieces de-accessed from
jewelry stock by several jewelers affected by recent hurricanes.
Mexico, Lima and Potosí Silver Cobs sections feature several Royals
(including a very rare Potosí 4 reales Royal 1709Y plated in the Standard
Catalog) as well as two very rare Santo Domingo Charles-Joanna billon issues
in the rare denominations of 11 maravedís and blanca.
large World Silver Coins section hosts several collections, including
more Mexican coins from the James Bevill collection, the Ricardo Muñiz
collection of Mexican pillar 1 reales, and our third offering of selections from
the Richard Stuart collection.
World Paper Money section encompasses many rarities like a set of
Peruvian Banco Central overprinted soles from 1935, two very rare and high-grade
Puerto Rican specimen notes, and a selection of scarce Guatemalan quetzales.
Moving on to Artifacts, we have an array of shipwreck items such as a
gold olive blossom chain and a coat of arms seal, both from the 1715 Fleet, in
addition to various non-wreck pieces such as swords and flintlocks.
main auction is an Express section featuring additional coins, medals and
bank notes for the value-minded collector. We wish everyone the best of luck
during the sale and hope that you will find the next great item to add to your
collection. Thank you, consignors and bidders alike, for another great auction!