The Legarda Collection of Filipino Countermarks

As the ANA World’s Fair of Money approaches,
many collectors are excited to once again attend the show in person. Stack’s
Bowers Galleries is proud to be an official auctioneer, with our suite of sales
presenting many rare, interesting, and historically significant numismatic
relics. For this week’s highlight, we are featuring the extensive and important
collection of Filipino countermarks assembled by Angelita and Benito Legarda.  Well-known and highly regarded, their foresight
and attention to detail in this diverse area of collecting is very evident.
Despite the highly nuanced nature of the Filipino series, their collection—assembled
over decades of searching—features many rare, unusual, and intriguing examples,
and will surely serve as a benchmark collection.

Some of the more interesting pieces from this
large assortment contain countermarks, either of an “F.7.0” for Ferdinand VII
or “Y.II.” for Isabel II. Also of note are high grade and seldom-encountered host
coins from countries such as Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, and
Spain. The sampling below covers a wide array of issues and offers a glimpse
into the vastness of this series, as well as into the impossible task of completing
a seemingly endless combination of host coins and countermarks.  ​​

Ferdinand VII – F.7.0:

Extremely Rare Brazilian Host coin

41279 – Philippines – Brazil – Mexico. 8 Reales, ND (ca. 1832-34). NGC AU
Details–Cleaned; C/S: UNC Strong.

Seldom Encountered Armored Bust 8 Reales

41284 – Philippines – Mexico. 8 Reales, ND (ca. 1833-34). NGC VF Details–Chopmarked; C/S:
XF Standard.

Exceptional Quality Cuzco Mint

41292 – Philippines – Peru. 8 Reales, ND (ca. 1832-34). NGC AU-50;
C/S: AU Standard.

Only Known Countermarked Minor Coin of
Ferdinand VII

41298 – Philippines – Peru. 2 Reales, ND (ca. 1832). NGC VF-25; C/S: XF Strong.


Isabel II – Y.II.:

Double Countermarked Obverse

41302 – Philippines – Chile. 8 Reales, ND (ca. 1834-37). NGC VF-35;
C/S: XF Standard.

Outstanding Central American Republic –
Possibly Unique Costa Rican Mint Host

41306 – Philippines – Costa Rica. 8 Reales, ND (ca. 1834-37). NGC AU-53;
C/S: UNC Strong.

Charmingly Crude Sombrerete de Vargas

41310 – Philippines – Mexico. 8 Reales, ND (ca. 1834-37). NGC EF-40; C/S:
AU Standard.

Highly Desirable Spanish 20 Reales De Vellon

41344 – Philippines – Spain. 8 Reales, ND (ca. 1834-37). NGC FINE-12; C/S: XF Strong.

Important Perforated 8 Reales – Integral to
the Understanding of the Series

41345 – Philippines – Mexico. 8 Reales, ND (ca. 1834-37). NGC VF-25.

Extremely Rare Single Countermark Over

41346 – Philippines – Peru. 8 Reales, ND (ca. 1834-37). NGC VF-20; C/S: XF Standard.

Seldom Encountered 4 Reales

41347 – Philippines – Mexico. 4 Reales, ND (1835-37). NGC VF-20; C/S: XF

One of the Keys to the Series

41350 – Philippines – Mexico. Real, ND (ca. 1835-37). NGC FINE-12; C/S: VF


Our presentation of the Legarda Collection
can be seen in its entirety here.

To view our upcoming auction
schedule and future offerings, please visit where you may register and participate in this and
other forthcoming sales.

We are always seeking coins, medals,
and paper money for our future auctions, and are currently accepting
submissions for our Official Auction of the 2022 NYINC next January and our spring
2022 Hong Kong auction. Additionally, we are continuously accepting submissions
for our Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auctions, the next of which will be in
October. If you would like to learn more about consigning, whether a singular
item or an entire collection, please contact one of our consignment directors
today and we will assist you in achieving the best possible return on your

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