Spanish colonial coins to auction



2015-06-26 10:49:23

Spanish colonial coins to auction

Morton and Eden continue their sale of the Archer M. Huntington Collection with an auction of important Spanish Colonial coins on March 6.

The sale encompasses gold, silver and copper coins from South and Central American and the West Indies, and examples from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Santo Domingo, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Archer Milton Huntingdon inherited great wealth from his stepfather’s railroad empire, and became a scholar, collector and philanthropist. He fostered a life-long passion for Hispanic history, art and culture.

Huntingdon founded the Hispanic Society of America in New York in 1904, now a museum and rare books library whose collections of Hispanic related materials are unrivaled outside of Spain.

The rarest and most valuable coins to be offered at the auction are a group of early gold and silver Mexican coins. A silver Royal 8 reales of Philip V dating from 1729 is estimated at £15,000-£20,000. A Royal 4 reales of Philip IV, dated 1639, is expected to fetch £10,000-£12,000.

Real de Catorce, Mexico, is now a ghost town. Once it boasted some of the country’s richest silver mines. A crude 8 reales originating from here, dated 1811, is extremely rare and expected to sell for £8,000-£12,000.

Two coins from Bolivia may see £6,000-£8,000 apiece: a silver Royal 8 reales of Charles II dating from 1684, and a gold 4 escudos of Charles IV dating from 1791.

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