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The Illegal Cartagena Mint of 1655

C88. Nuevo Reino de Granada (modern Colombia). Cartagena mint. (1655) CS. Four reales. An illegal issue struck after June 21st, 1655 for several months on the orders of Cartagena Governor Zapata. Very rare. Three collectible specimens are confirmed, plus a damaged coin de-accessioned from the Florida State Collection in 2001. The Florida State Collection retains [...]

The Illegal Cartagena Mint of 16552019-10-22T12:09:51-07:00

Bogota 1665 Two Reales (2 Known)

C74. Nuevo Reino (modern Colombia), mint at Santa Fe de Bogota, 1665 two reales. Very rare (two known). This is the Restrepo COINS OF COLOMBIA plate coin (p.75, type M31-16)). From the Joseph Lasser Collection. The Potosi mint scandal of the 1640's forced Philip IV to redesign all of his New World silver coinage. Santa [...]

Bogota 1665 Two Reales (2 Known)2019-10-22T12:05:13-07:00

The Last Gold Cobs

C72. Nuevo Reino (modern Colombia), mint at Santa Fe de Bogota, 1751 FS four escudos, very rare (two known, this one the best and the only one fully dated). Large planchet for these compact final issues, which are almost always weakly struck. Reverse of 1751-52 with bold REX 1751 HISPAN in the upper legend. NGC [...]

The Last Gold Cobs2019-10-22T11:58:51-07:00

From The 1715 Plate Fleet – MS63

C12. Cuzco 1698 M two escudos. Lustrous, well struck, well centered, and choice mint state. Quite rare in this condition as the vast majority of this one-year issue exhibit serious striking and planchet problems. NGC "1715 Plate Fleet MS63" The full story of the failed gold mint at Cuzco (1698-99) hides in the archives of Spain and Peru. We [...]

From The 1715 Plate Fleet – MS632021-03-08T10:57:03-07:00

From the wreck of Paddlewheeler S.S. Republic

Lost October 25, 1865 off the Georgia coast. A San Francisco Double Eagle, rare in this currency shipment from New York to New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War. Almost all of the SS Republic's gold was Philadelphia coinage, California shipments to New York having been interrupted by the war and the [...]

From the wreck of Paddlewheeler S.S. Republic2019-10-21T15:21:47-07:00

Lima 1725/4 M 8 escudos. One year Luis I. NGC Finest

L36. Lima 1725/4 M eight escudos. One year posthumous issue in the name of Philip's son Luis, who had reigned less than 7 months in 1724. Lustrous near mint state, well centered, well struck, and tied for the finest known. NGC AU 55 LUIS I. The young king Luis I died August 31st, 1724, after [...]

Lima 1725/4 M 8 escudos. One year Luis I. NGC Finest2019-11-07T07:52:53-07:00
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