Morton & Eden, GB-London

06. March 2013

The Huntington Collection of Spanish Colonial Coins

Successful sale of Huntington Spanish Colonial coins

Auctioneer James Morton said about The Huntington Collection of Spanish Colonial Coins Morton & Eden’s on March 6, 2013: “The auction results comfortably exceeded expectations overall, even though there were still a number of bargains to be found for astute purchasers. As with our sale of the Huntington Portuguese and Portuguese Colonial coins offered in November 2012, many pieces were acquired by professional dealers bidding on behalf of enthusiastic private collectors. We are delighted and privileged to have been entrusted with the sale of almost £1.5 million worth of coins from the historic and prestigious Huntington Collection and are glad that so many rare and beautiful specimens will now find a home in the collections of a new generation.
The sale totalled £915,264 (1,054,500 euros / U.S. $1,373,960). Prices shown include the Buyer’s Premium of 20% (£1 = 1.15 euro / $1.50).

This is a list of the top ten lots:

Lot 344: Mexico, Felipe V (1700-46), Royal 8 reales, 1729 R, 27.12g (Ca. 724; Cy. 9318), on a full round flan, pierced at top, good very fine for issue, very rare.
Estimate: £15,000-20,000. Sold for £27,600 (31,798 euros / $41,432). Purchased by US dealer.

Lot 224: Colombia, Felipe IV or V (1700-46), quarter-real, undated, Sante Fe (Nuevo Reino), 0.80g (Ca. 1221/1937; Cy. 5593), very fine and extremely rare.
Estimate: £300-400. Sold for £13,200 (15,208 euros / $19,815). Purchased by US dealer.

Lot 2: Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, Julius Popper, gold gramo, 1889, rev., crossed pickaxe and sledgehammer, 1.02g (KM TN5), edge irregularities and traces of die rust, extremely fine and an extremely rare variety.
Estimate: £400-600. Sold for £10,200 (11,752 euros / $15,312). Purchased by US dealer.

Lot 284: Mexico, Carlos III, 4 escudos, 1761 MM, first bust, 13.50g (Ca. 317; Cy. 12578), nearly very fine.
Estimate: £4,000-6,000, Sold for £10,200 (11,752 euros / $15,312). Purchased by US dealer.

Lot 121: Colombia, Carlos III (1759-88), 8 escudos, 1762 JV, Nuevo Reino, first bust, 26.95g (Ca. 160; Cy. 12751), one minor edge knock, small scratch at bottom of reverse, very fine. Estimate: £4,000-6,000. Sold for £9,000 (10,369 euros / $13,510). Purchased by US dealer.

Lot 22: Bolivia, Carlos II (1665-1700), ‘Royal’ 8 reales, 1684 VR, Potosí, 26.37g (Ca. 367; Cy. 7602), on a full round flan, nearly extremely fine for issue, exceptionally fine, extremely rare thus.
Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Sold for £8,640 (9,954 euros / $12, 970). Purchased by European private collector.

Lot 14: Bolivia, Carlos IV, 4 escudos, 1791 PR, laureate bust, 13.44g (Ca. 241; Cy. 14330), fault at date, about very fine and very rare.
Estimate: £6,000-8,000. Sold for £8,400 (9,678 euros / $12,610). Purchased by US dealer.

Lot 343: Mexico, Felipe IV (1621-65), Royal 4 reales, 1639 P, 13.23g (Ca. 685 var. [date not listed]; Cy. 6068, this piece illustrated), on a full round flan, toned, very fine to good very fine for issue, pierced near top, extremely rare.
Estimate: £10,000-12,000. Sold for £8,400. (9,678 euros / $12,610). Purchased by Swiss dealer.

Lot 105: Chile, Republic, 8 reales, 1849 ML, 27.00g (KM 94.2), mint state and lightly toned, rare thus.
Estimate: £800-1,200. Sold for £8,160 (9,401 euros / $12,249). Purchased by US dealer.

Lot 271: Mexico, Carlos III (1759-88), 8 escudos, 1760 MM, first bust, Order divides date and REX, 27.08g (Ca. 69; Cy. 12736), very fine, scarce.
Estimate: £5,000-7,000. Sold for £7,920 (9,124 euros / $11,889). Purchased by US dealer.

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