Santa Ana, CA (January 6, 2020) – Anchored by the Santa Fe Collection, which includes an astounding 26 dates, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is excited to offer the most extensive group of Spanish Colonial-Era Chilean 8 Reales in decades in their annual official auction at the 2020 New York International Numismatic Convention. Perhaps the most challenging series within Latin American numismatics, a Chilean collection of this extent has not been offered at public auction since Ponterio and Associate’s 1991 sale of the Viceroy Amat Collection.
Presented in the January 2020 sale from the very rare period of Ferdinand VI (1746-1759) and Charles III (1759-1788) is an amazing run of nine different dates. These include an iconic Pillar Dollar and a 1789-dated issue that was struck posthumously in the name of Charles III and is considered the finest of the few known. Also rare—although not as rare as the earlier types on a relative basis—is an array of 16 coins offered from the reigns of Charles IV (1788-1808) and Ferdinand VII (1808-1821). On the whole, several coins are considered one of only a handful known, with even more qualifying as the finest known. Legendary pedigrees in the series—such as Norweb, Viceroy Amat, Johnson, Faistauer, and Freeman Craig—are also abundant.
Other Highlights Include:
• Lot 20214: CHILE. 8 Reales, 1777-So DA. NGC VF-35. The Finest of Three Recorded.
• Lot 20215: CHILE. 8 Reales, 1779-So DA. NGC AU-58. An Outstanding Near-Mint Example.
• Lot 20216: CHILE. 8 Reales, 1781-So DA. NGC VF-35. The Only Example Certified.
• Lot 20223: CHILE. 8 Reales, 1789-So DA. NGC EF-45. Transitional Charles IV Type – The Only Example Graded by NGC.
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.