We just keep the treasures coming!
This catalog starts with a large selection of gold cobs, mostly from the 1715 Fleet, including several Mexico and Lima 8 escudos and many “bogey 2’s” (Bogota, Colombia, 2 escudos), some pedigreed to the 2003 “Tampa sale” and the Bob “Frogfoot” Weller collection. Of special importance and beauty is a “Royal dies” Mexico 8E 1714, the first ever offered at auction (or anywhere else, for that matter). Following the cobs, the general World Gold Coins section features an extensive selection of US gold coins, some from the “Fort Capron treasure” off Ft. Pierce (1857), as well as several coins from the “southern branch mints” of Charlotte, Dahlonega and New Orleans. Note in particular the Dahlonega $3 1854-D!
The treasures continue with a selection of gold ingots from the Atocha and Santa Margarita (1622), featuring a complete gold bar (over 1 kg) marked with SARGOSA / PECARTA (foundry/assayer), and a unique gold bar marked GUSMAN / PAMPLONA, the first ever offered for sale to our knowledge. Other shipwreck gold treasures in the artifacts sections later in the sale include several 1715-Fleet relics, like a long gold “olive blossom / dragon whistle” chain plus another gold chain and an emerald ring. The final lot of the sale is also gold and very special: an Atocha “Golden Crew” men’s gold ring made for Treasure Salvors in 1985 and presented to a crew member to memorialize the finding of the “Mother Lode” in that year.
The silver treasures in this auction are impressive as well, including a large and well-marked Atocha bar and a clump of over 100 Mexico cob 1 and ½ reales from the 1715 Fleet. There are literally hundreds of shipwreck coins here, from Atocha group-lots to single coins from over 50 different wrecks! Some very important artifacts,both shipwreck and non-wreck, are on offer as well, like alarge bronze cannon from the Spanish Armada of 1588 and a couple of big iron “Armada” chests, one showing a unique “Adam and Eve” scene underneath the lid.
This auction is just as important for non-shipwreck coins, especially cobs and South American rarities. Highlights in cobs include a choice and very rare Santo Domingo ½ real of Charles-Joanna, a few small Royals and a zoomorphic cob in Lima and Potosí, and even an original die for a Potosí 8 reales Royal 1725Y (Louis I). The Latin American coin offerings feature another original die, for a Coquimbo 1 real 1828TH, and an important Colombian 8R with a unique Liberian countermark of 1847.
Last but not least, we are proud to feature in its own session the Jorge Ortiz Murias collection of Colombian colonial milled minors (1760-1822), a near-complete set of dates and denominations up to 2R, most in choice quality (including several “finest knowns”). There has never been an offering like this.
Whatever your pleasure—treasure or world coins—you will find it here. We wish you the best of luck in your bidding.