Agosto canicular 8 reales III

Aquí   y aquí    las dos (2) anteriores entradas. Esta es la última relativa a subastas veraniegas internacionales.

WEST INDIES. Treble Island Countermark. Martinique-St. Kitts-Tortola. 1/4 Dollar, ND (ca. 1805-24). PCGS GOOD-04 Secure Holder.
KM-18(for “TIRTILA” basic type), cf.KM-4(for “S” basic type); KM-25(for crenated edge); cf.Prid-23 for C/M combination. 5.79g. Cut from and countermarked on a Spanish colonial bust type 8 Reales of Charles III of indeterminate mint with the last digit of the date “8” visible. Since the first mutilation of this piece was prior to any possible date ending with an “8” for Charles IV the attribution to Charles III is certain. The original cut by crenated edge occurred in Martinique by authorization of the British Administration in 1797 and valued as 2 Shillings 3 Pence. This piece then traveled to St. Kitts, where it was flipped over and countermarked with four “S” stamps by a decree in 1801, giving it the same circulating value on that island. A final countermark “TIRTILA” (Type III) was then applied on Tortola between 1805-24. The most interesting fact about this piece is the highly unusual presence of a fourth “S” on the reverse. The normal application of the “S” countermarks was to each corner on the cut 1/4 Dollars while the present example has an additional “S” in the center. This is the first example that this cataloger can recall seeing either in reference material or auction catalogs where a cut 1/4 Dollar displayed an additional “S” countermark in the center and as such should be considered EXTREMELY RARE. Missing from Pridmore, Roehrs, Gordon, Ford, Gibbs, Patterson, Byrne, Whetmore and Peltzer collections. Though missing from all of these famous old time collections it should be mentioned that Pridmore had a single 1/4 Dollar example where it had the “S” countermarks in their normal locations at the corners with an additional “S” on the reverse in one corner. Pridmore also had a 1/8 Dollar with four “S” countermarks similar to the present example. A real treat for the advanced collector of cut and countermarks or West Indies. VF details on the Tortola countermark, good detail on “S” countermarks, all with dark gray toning. A fascinating, well traveled piece.
PCGS GOOD-04 Secure Holder.

Estimate: 3’000 USD   |   Starting price: 1’800 USD

SPAIN. 8 Reales, 1728-SP. Philip V (1700-46). PCGS MS-63 Secure Holder.
KM-336.3; Cal-Type 161#938; Dav-1697. Well struck and centered, with attractive and pervasive dark gray toning. A choice example of this scarce type worthy of a strong bid.
PCGS MS-63 Secure Holder.

También Guatemala, Lima…Como véis, en agosto también hay “vida numismática”, con alguna que otra pieza que sale rara vez a subasta. Habrá que estar atento.



Agosto canicular 8 reales II

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AUSTRALIAN Proclamation Coins – Monedas de proclamación australianas

Stack´s Bowers (USA)

BOLIVIA. 8 Reales Royal, 1655-P E. Philip IV (1621-65). NGC VF Details–Holed.
27.10 gms. KM-R21; Laz-144. Well struck with good definition of the design features which include three very clear dates. Nearly complete legends on the obverse with portions of the tops of letters at about 9 o’clock off the flan, while the reverse boldly displays the King’s name and ordinal with some of the remainder off the flan. Mostly bright gray with deep toning in the recessed areas. Holed, as most are, although quite neatly done and therefore of little detraction to the overall appearance.
NGC VF Details–Holed.

CURACAO. 3 Reaals (18 Stivers or Guillotine), ND (ca. 1800-01). PCGS Genuine–Tooled, Fine Details Secure Holder.
6.60 gms. KM-7; Prid-pg. 251 Fig. 25; Scholten-1368a. “Star” or Rosace of five petals countermark applied to reverse of a cut 1/4 Dollar with crenated edges of 1793-MoFM bust 8 Reales of Charles IIII(IV). During the governorship of J. K. Lauffer small silver coinage was obtained by cutting whole Spanish Dollars into quarters. A quantity of 7,000 Dollars were cut into equal parts by goldsmith H. J. Hoyer and were declared current at 3 Reaals or 18 Stivers. The local name given to these as referred to in public notices was “Guillotinos”. A public notice of 3rd March 1801 warned against forgeries. VERY RARE and very interesting, much more so than the later more common British occupation issues of cut 1/5 Dollars. It should be noted that the indent on the reverse next to the date is identical to the example plated in Fred Pridmore’s ground breaking work “The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 3 West Indies”. The countermark is well placed and bold. Though the holder indicates tooling this is not accurate, numerous scratches are present on both the obverse and reverse from long ago now toned over. The date and KM number listed on the PCGS insert are incorrect. Dark gray to charcoal toning throughout with hints of blue that pop out when tilted in the light. Another treat for the specialist of West Indies cut and countermarked issues. Countermark VF Details, host coin
PCGS Genuine–Tooled, Fine Details Secure Holder.

JAMAICA. 6 Shillings 8 Pence (Dollar 8 Reales), ND (Act of 18 November 1758). PCGS VF-35 Secure Holder.
KM-8.2; Prid-4. Bi-facial floral “GR” countermark well applied to centers of a 1755 Mexico 8 Reales (KM-104.2). Lovely mottled old envelope tone displaying hues of blue, sea foam green and rose. A lovely example with good eye appeal. Countermark VF Details, host coin
PCGS VF-35 Secure Holder.
From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation.#1 PCGS Registry Set of “World Coins Circulating in Early America”.


Highly Important UTRUQUE Error Legend Variety
MEXICO. 8 Reales, 1746-MF. Philip V (1700-46). NGC VF-35.
KM-unlisted; Gilboy-unlisted. EXCESSIVELY RARE error variety with “UTRUQUE” instead of “UTRAQUE” on the date side. Well struck with contained wear over the higher devices defining the designation and mild adjustment marks on the shield. A premium example for the assigned grade with problem-free surfaces. The discovery piece of this little known and excessively rare variety, which remains unlisted in the Krause and Gilboy reference work. Spelling errors are not unknown for the Spanish Colonial pillar series of 8 Reales with the Potosi 8 Reales 1768 PTS-JR with spelling error “URTAQUE” instead of “UTRAQUE” (6-7 known examples) and the Lima 8 Reales 1771 LM-JM with the error “HIAPSN” instead of “HISPAN” (around 12-15 examples known) the most noteworthy. Both are duly considered as key issues to complete their respective series. The present coin’s rarity propels it into an entirely different level of desirability: only 3 examples are known, one of which is likely impounded for a long time in a private U.S. collection. The present offering thus represents a very rare opportunity to acquire the rarest issue amongst the Mexican pillar 8 Reales (and the key to complete a set of this ever-popular series).
NGC VF-35.
Ex: Darwin Palmer Collection.

Estimate: 10’000 USD   |   Starting price: 6’000 USD

Magnificent Lima Pillar Dollar
PERU. 8 Reales, 1762-L JM. PCGS MS-65 Secure Holder.
KM-A64.1 (marked A64.2 on slab); Gil-L-8-14B; cf.El-14; Cal-Type 96#837; FC-13b. Single finest certified of the type on the PCGS population report. Variety with dots above both mintmarks. Strong repunch of the 7 and 6 in date. Highly lustrous satiny surfaces with attractive steel gray toning and a nice cartwheel effect, a piece with great eye appeal in this much sought after lofty grade. A spectacular example destined for the finest of cabinets.
PCGS MS-65 Secure Holder.
From the Cardinal Collection Educational Foundation.#1 PCGS Registry Set of “World Coins Circulating in Early America”.

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Subasta Ibercoin 27 de junio

Tras un par de años, +-, vuelve a la carga la casa de subastas numismáticas Ibercoin

En una breve, aunque intensa visita, he fotografiado algunos columnarios, alguno con detalle curioso.

Me extrañaba un peso tan bajo en la descripción (24,73 g), por lo que supuse que era una errata…y así es (comunicado a Ibercoin)

26,71 g es un peso (masa) dentro de límites. Un coleccionista informado no hubiese comprado nunca este columnario; 2 gramos de falta de peso es mucha tela…

Si, ya sé que este es el reverso. Buena conservación general

La calidad de las fotos no es la que debiera…

Y en los cantos es donde el cerrillado es curioso, al haberse desplazado una de las cerrillas (más bien el cospel) en el proceso. No hay cambio de dirección pero si solapamiento de las hojas de laurel. No es raro que suceda en esta ceca (visto alguna otra vez).

Luego, con algo más de tiempo, quizá suba alguna otra monedita más… 🙂

8 Reales 1803 Lima FALSOS

Estos ocho reales limeños de Carlos IV 1803 tienen toda la pinta de ser falsos, en el sentido de no haber sido acuñados por la Corona Española sino, muy probablemente, por los hijos de la Gran Bretaña en Birmingham y/o Sheffield

Comenzando por el peso, bastante escaso, denominador común en estas falsificaciones “british”. Así se ahorraban unos peniques en material…

Tanto el anverso como el reverso presentan un pronunciado desgaste, no pudiéndose apreciar gráfila alguna en anverso y machacada en reverso. Busto y leyendas descentradas, con alguna peculiaridad habitual en los tipos y en los castillos en reverso en estas “imitaciones”.

Canto “cantarín”

A falta de XRF y con la debida cautela/prevención, yo diría que es un real de a ocho falso “fabricado” por los británicos para comercio internacional de la época, más habitual en las cecas de Lima y Potosí por mi experiencia.

Y si, amigos, ¡ha llegado el verano! (climatológicamente hablando en España), por lo que se imponen el relax y las lecturas atrasadas, entre otras cuestiones pendientes. Así pues, este blog se relaja hasta el 15 de septiembre con entradas esporádicas sobre moneditas…aunque no sólo 😉

Reales de a ocho / 8 reales / Pieces of eight

Repaso veraniego / Summer review / Перечитывая летом

8 reales columnarios Lima 1769

Mi particular homenaje a nuestro Día de la Constitución.

Columnas coronadas por dos coronas reales, valga la redundancia 🙂

Primer columnario de Lima con coronas real e imperial. 1769

En los columnarios mejicanos se produjo el cambio/alternancia de coronas en 1754.

Por comparación entre las dos monedas anteriores llegamos a la feliz conclusión de cual es la corona real y cual la imperial.

8 reales falsos

Unas falsificaciones en aliexpress,searchweb201527_1_71_72_73_74_75,searchweb201560_9

8 reales con comentarios de UK, España, Rusia…

¡Impresionante! Explorando un poco encuentras casi todo tipo de moneda reproducida / falsificada por poco más de 1 /2 euros.