Thank you for joining us for our 26th auction overall and our seventh in a live floor setting. It is through the support and enthusiasm of bidders and consignors alike that we are able to offer such a high level of quality in coins, ingots, paper money, and artifacts. Below is a summary of the auction this time:
Gold Cobs begins with The John Pullin Collection of Dated Mexican Gold Cobs from the 1715 Fleet, an important assemblage of choice coins with clear dates recovered from 1715-Fleet wreck sites, including a 1714J 8 escudos that was photographed in the famous January 1965 National Geographic article that first brought fame to the 1715 Fleet (lot 3). The section then continues with other gold cobs struck by Spanish and Spanish colonial mints across all periods and reigns.
The Shipwreck Ingots section contains many gold, silver, and copper ingots of various weights and shapes representing the sporadically ill-fated means of transporting the wealth of the Americas across the Atlantic Ocean. Three gold “finger” bars and seven(!) large silver ingots represent the ever-popular Atocha, while the historically important “key bar” from the “Tumbaga wreck” plated in both Armstrong’s and García-Barneche’s books is offered as lot 88.
Shipwreck Coins has an array of silver coins recovered from wrecks like Capitana, the 1715 Fleet, Rooswijk, and SS Republic as well as gold coins from the Luz, SS Central America, and SS Brother Jonathan. Atocha collectors will want to pay particular attention to the Atocha Classics Collection, an unprecedented numismatic compilation of top-quality cobs from the Atocha, including examples of the first coinage of Lima and Potosí, plus dated Potosí cobs by die variety, many quite rare.
Our Mexico Silver Cobs section commences with The John Pullin Collection of Dated Mexican Silver Cobs, a date run of all denominations where most boast pedigrees to the 1715 Plate Fleet, including a desirable 1715J 8 reales. The section continues with several Charles-Joanna “Early Series” 4 reales, shield-type 8 reales and even a Royal 1715J 8 reales (lot 407).
The Lima and Potosí Silver Cobs sections contain many rarities, like a Lima 1659V 8 reales struck using a Royal obverse die (lot 437) and an abundance of Potosí Royal coins (plus a couple Hearts), including a very rare, unholed 1704/3Y 8 reales (lot 509). The Potosí section also features many Philip II cobs this time, chief among them being a choice assayer-L 8 reales (lot 450).
In Other Silver Cobs, highlights include a Santo Domingo Charles-Joanna 2 reales (lot 542) and a Panama Philip II 1 real (lot 544), both key coins that are considered among the finest known. Ferdinand-Isabel coins from mainland Spain feature prominently.
World Coins section now includes gold coins with the silver. Bidders will want to witness the Honduras 1888 gold 20 pesos (lot 942) as well as several key Peruvian rarities, plus Part I of the vast Whittier Collection of Bolivian Monetary Medals (lots 620-728), representing some of the rarest and choicest known examples.
Following that, Medals and Decorations hosts the Santander Collection of Colombian Proclamation Medals, an assortment of some of the rarest and most well-designed colonial-era medals in choice grades. Ancient Coins offers a selection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins capped by a Roman aureus of Marcus Aurelius (lot 1227).
In World Paper Money, we have an exceedingly rare Falkland Islands 1 pound dated 1915 (lot 1312), a Greek 25 drachmai specimen ca. 1897-1900 (lot 1317), and a grouping of scarce Colombian banknotes (lots 1285-1302).
Shipwreck Artifacts contains many pieces from the Atocha like an intact cooking pot (lot 1386) and a lettered iron sword blade (lot 1387), as well as 1715-Fleet curios like an intact Chinese porcelain cup (lot 1393) and two “olive blossom” gold chains (lots 1390 and 1391). Non-Wreck Artifacts features an eclectic arrangement of flintlock firearms, religious relics, and traditional militaria finished with a grouping of European maps in Documents.
Friday, November 1, 2019
- The John Pullin Collection: Gold Cobs Gold Cobs – Lots (1-79)
- Shipwreck Ingots (80-102)
- Shipwreck Coins (1500’s +) Lots (103-237)
- Shipwreck Coins (1660’s +) Lots (238-289)
- Shipwreck Coins (1750’s +) Lots (290-312)
- The John Pullin Collection: Silver Cobs
- Mexico Silver Cobs – Lots (313-427)
- Lima Silver Cobs – Lots (428-449)
- Potosi Silver Cobs – Lots (450-541)
- Other Silver Cobs – Lots (542-590)
- The Whittier Collection: Bolivian Medals
- World Coins (A-G) – Lots (591-928)
- World Coins (H-O) – Lots (929-1054)
- World Coins (P-Z) – Lots (1055-1129)
Saturday, November 2, 2019
- The Santander Collection: Colombian Medals
- Medals and Decorations – Lots (1130-1194)
- Ancient Coins – Lots (1195-1248)
- US Coins – Lots (1249-1269)
- US Paper Money – Lots (1270-1279)
- World Paper Money – Lots (1280-1327)
- Coin Jewelry – Lots (1328-1370)
- Shipwreck Artifacts – Lots (1371-1401)
- Non-Wreck Artifacts – Lots (1402-1449)
- Maps & Documents – Lots 1450-1455
Monday, November 4, 2019 – INTERNET ONLY
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