Rare Spanish Coins Certified by NGC Available in Jesús Vico Auction

Posted on 6/14/2024

The late June sale in Madrid includes a high-grade coin pedigreed to a shipwreck and a Ferdinand and Isabella rarity.

A high-grade coin recovered from a famous shipwreck is among the Spanish rarities certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company® (NGC®) that are available to collectors in two Jesús Vico sales. Bidding is underway for Auction 169 and Auction 170, which will be held on June 26-27, 2024.

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In the spotlight is a Mexico 1715MO J 8 Escudos - Large Rosettes Reverse graded NGC MS 68 and pedigreed to the 1715 Fleet and the Segarra Collection (Auction 170, lot 1015). This coin has a starting price of €250,000 (about $269,000). The pinnacle of Spanish colonial coinage, the Mexican 8 Escudos is an example of Royal coinage that was renowned for craftsmanship. Unlike the crude cobs, Royals are round and uniformly struck and were likely intended as formal presentation pieces. Many originate from the Spanish 1715 Fleet, which sank off Florida's coast. This particular example was reportedly found by a vacationing couple in 1989 after a storm.

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Also available is a Spain (1479-1504) Valencia 2 Ducados - Ferdinand V and Isabel I graded NGC MS 62 (Auction 169, lot 239), with a starting price of €80,000 (about $86,000). In the Crown of Aragon, only King Ferdinand's image appeared on coins, except in Valencia, where gold coins featured both Ferdinand and Isabella. These coins resembled Castilian gold coins with double-faced busts.

Other NGC-certified coins in Auction 169 include:

  • a Mexico 1732MO F 8 Reales Cob - Royal Coinage graded NGC XF Details (lot 280), with a starting price of €75,000 (about $81,000)
  • a Mexico 1719 8 Reales graded NGC XF Details (lot 279), with a starting price of €45,000 (about $48,000)
  • a Bolivia 1716 8 Reales - Heart Cut graded NGC XF 45 (lot 294), with a starting price of €45,000 (about $48,000)
  • a Peru 1720 8 Reales graded NGC AU Details (lot 278), with a starting price of €37,500 (about $40,000)
  • an undated Spain Silver "For Merit" Medal graded NGC UNC Details (lot 342), with a starting price of €28,000 (about $30,000)

Other NGC-certified coins in Auction 170 include:

  • a Mexico 1732MO 8 Escudos - Portrait Type, No Assayer graded NGC AU 55 (lot 1016), with a starting price of €40,000 (about $43,000)
  • a Spain 1652/1 BR/I Segovia 8 Escudos graded NGC MS 63 (lot 1001), with a starting price of €35,000 (about $38,000)
  • a Spain 1710M J 8 Escudos - Milled graded NGC AU Details (lot 1006), with a starting price of €30,000 (about $32,000)
  • a Spain 1729M JJ 8 Escudos - Without Denomination, Long Hair graded NGC MS 61 (lot 1012), with a starting price of €19,000 (about $20,000)
  • a Spain 1729M JJ 8 Escudos - Date Between E & 8 graded NGC XF 45+ (lot 1011), with a starting price of €17,000 (about $18,000)

Starting prices are provided by the auction house. The € symbol indicates Euros. The $ symbol indicates US Dollars.

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