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Aureo & Calico Caballero de Las Yndias Part I
March 11, 2009

Don't Miss Aureo & Calico Caballero de las Yndias

Here's another reminder for the upcoming Aureo & Calico Caballero de las Yndias sale. This collection has been built over a vast number years, so many of these coins have been off the market for a large portion of many collectors lifetimes. This is a write-up I did for the April issue of World Coin News, but I thought it would also provide my readers with a taste of the significance of this auction. Don't miss this opportunity!

In 2009 the Barcelona auction firm of Aureo & Calico will be offering one of the most comprehensive Spanish & Spanish Colonial gold coin collections ever assembled through three actions. The first, which contains the American Colonies and the Philippines, is set to take place on April 8, 2009 at the Hotel Majestic in Barcelona.

Among the hundreds of rarities and varieties in this first sale, there are a several stellar standouts, including the triumvirate of Guatemalan hammered gold - the ultra rare Ferdinand VI 1751/0 Escudo, the unique Philip V 1734 J 8 Escudos, and one of two known Ferdinand VI 1750 J 8 Escudos. These three hammer struck coins are outstanding examples of the excessively rare use of Bust designs in Spanish Colonial cob coinage. Only Guatemala used Bust dies with hammer striking and only for these three types.

The Caballero de las Yndias sale also offers three of the finest gold Mexican Royal strikes ever combined in one sale - the unique 1695 MXoL 8 Escudos, an extremely rare 1711 MXoJ 4 Escudos and a very rare 1702 MXoL 8 Escudos. All three of these gold Royal strikes are uncirculated.

The second and third parts of this collection will cross the block in June and October and offer gold coins of the European Mints and of Spain, respectively. Each catalog is $25 or 20 Euros shipped and at the end of the year Aureo & Calico, S.A. will compile a book of the collection, which will be available for $50 or 40 Euros. For more information visit the Aureo & Calico website at or contact them at Plaza del Angela, 2, 08002 Barcelona, Spain, or by phone at (34) 93 310 55 12.

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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