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The Caballero de las Yndias Coin Collection sold by AUREO & CALICO but “Highlight Coin” Disappoints

1609_Felipe_III_barcellona_1022092,200 high grade samples of mostly scarce, rare or unique specimens from Spain, her colonies and empire ranging from the Visigothic era to the present were sold Oct 21-22 by Aureo & Calico in Barcelona Spain. The Caballero de las Yndias collection is stunning representation of all of the mints that struck coinage for all of the Spanish dynasties throughout all of the rulers and respective types.

The “Caballero de las Yndias” (Knight of the Yndias) collection contains numismatic treasures, the scope and the quality of which have never before brought to the auction block before.

Interestingly, the collection is being sold by an American who inherited it from a Basque ancestor who had emigrated to the US.

Aureo & Calicó’s coin specialist, Eduard Domingo, told the media that “the coins, all of them solid gold, were minted between the first century (Roman) and the 20th century (during the reign of Alfonso XIII)”.

The star piece was without doubt Lot: 1863, a gold coin known as a Centén (due to its worth of 100 reales, an antiquated Spanish currency). It weighs in at almost 11 ounces.

The coin was minted in Segovia in 1609 by order of the then monarch Philip III. It is the largest gold coin ever minted in Spain and was the first of its kind in Europe.

Below is the Catelog Description:
“Felipe III (1598-1621). 1609. Segovia. C. 100 escudos. (Cal. nº 1, mismo ejemplar) (C.C. 1541). Anv.: PHILLIPVS¶III¶D¶G. Rev.: HISPANIARVM¶REX¶1609¶. 339,35 grs. 71 – 71,5 mm. Acueducto de cinco arcos con dos pisos. Ceca, ensayador y valor entre florones. Escudo de Borgoña con tres flores de lis grandes y tres pequeñas. Insignificantes golpecitos en canto pertinentes a monedas de este tamaño y peso. Leve hojita entre escudo y corona y rayitas en la misma zona. Pátina uniforme. Bellísima.

The only known specimen and the Calicó plate coin. Insignificant rim dings pertinent to a piece of this size and weight, with a small planchet flaw between arms and crown along with some faint scratches in the same area. This historical piece shows a uniform and attractive patina with a pleasing brilliance. A most important numismatic item representing the pride of Spanish coinage. Almost extremely fine. Único ejemplar conocido. EBC-.

Although estimates that the coin could bring in excess of 2 Million Euros, the actual result was a bit anti-climatic. Well over 200 people were present at the auction, with some 1,200 bids having been received by the auctioneers in advance of the sale.

The successful bidder, identified only as bidder no. 74, a dealer from central Europe, could not hide his surprise when no-one else raised his opening bid of 800,000 euros .

Another gold centen coin was also auctioned, this time dating from 1633. One of four known to exist , including one on show in the National Archeological Museum in Madrid,  it too went for its reserve price of 500,000 euros.

However, other coins  brought  much more than their reserve price  including the first gold coin to be minted during the Aragon-Navarra period of rule, an 11th century ‘mancuso’ which had a reserve price of 6,000 euros and was sold for 40,000, and the first coin to be minted in Leon, a ‘morabetino’ which fetched 50,000 euros, double its reserve price.

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