By Lawrence R. Stack – Co-Founder, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……
The Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins and Paper Money, offered in two auction catalogs, is an important event in Latin American numismatics and is the finest ever cataloged. It is a fitting backdrop that the sales will be conducted as part of our official auction at the 46th annual New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) being held in 2018 for the first time at the Grand Hyatt Hotel over historic Grand Central Station. Over its formation, much of the collection was obtained at these shows and the auctions that were held in conjunction with or directly before them.
In the decades since the Eldorado Collection of Colombian Coins was first undertaken, the goal has been building the finest and most complete collection of Colombian coinage ever assembled. Taking a broad view of history, beginning with the 1622 coining of the first gold coin of the New World at Cartagena, the Eldorado Collection includes cobs, pillars, and portraits; copper, silver, and gold; rare varieties and major types; and even coins of Ecuador, which was part of Gran Colombia before 1830.
The Eldorado Collection of coins and paper money is so sweeping in scope, that these catalogs are the initial offerings that feature many of the rarest and highest grade selections from this epic cabinet.
World numismatics and research in this field have a rich tradition at Stack’s Bowers Galleries. The Eldorado Collection is of such importance, that we are pleased that John Kraljevich, Jr. has written the coin descriptions included in this catalog. The cataloging for the Colombian paper money sessions (offered in a separate catalog) is by Bruce Roland Hagen.
We are proud to present these incredible numismatic selections to the collecting community. We pay tribute to the effort and acumen required to assemble such a fine collection. We encourage collectors to recognize the importance of this opportunity to obtain some the finest treasures of Colombian numismatics.
Lawrence R. Stack
Founder, Senior Numismatic Consultant