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    West Indies Mixed Country Bonanza, Dana Roberts collected coins from the entire world for nearly 40 years -- probably 300 different issuing authorities were represented among his thousands of coins. Thus, almost by default, he ended up with some West Indies pieces from many different islands. Additionally he acquired a handful of odd-ball coins or counterstamps which are uncertain as to origin, or at least unknown to us without research. This lot contains all of those plus many of the standard items from the region. The best we could arrange was a division into 31 different categories, possibly representing some facsimile of island identification. A very brief inventory is presented knowing that specialists will wish to much more carefully inspect the items for themselves. The quality level covers the full range from nearly obliterated to mint state. Many of the pieces might be contemporary counterfeits and a few may be extraordinary rarities that escaped Dana's detection and were unstudied by us. Assume that it is you who need to decide the merit of each item as we simply certify that we counted 94 pieces in the box and all else is unverifiable. Due to space and time limitations, we will keep the data minimal but try to enlighten you as to what might be important. Antigua 1836 farthing. Bahamas-Inagua like Wood-#118 and Gibbs lot 1535 (famous 1966 Schulman sale attended by Dana) on Guanajuato 2R 1842 (very unusual incused countermark "feels" good). Bahamas 1806 (3 pcs). Barbados 1788 pineapple (4). BCT 1955 proof set (6 pcs). Brit Guiana 1/4 Gld 1809, 1/8 Gld 1832, plus an 1838 Navigation token which is UNUSUAL with a St. Andrews Masonic Chapter countermark, possibly circa 1871. The very knowledgeable Bob Lyle apparently indicated to Dana it might be "unique" as it is otherwise only known on 1813 Stivers. Cuba tic-tac-do with star c/m on Sevilla 2R 1801 & Madrid 1820. Curacao "3" in crenulated circle on two coins which were soldered together, foot to head, and appear to be on very genuine 8R coin fractionals (one boldly Mexican JJ assayer); Dana questions authenticity but they look very good to us without study. Butterfly c/m on genuine host is "assertedly CF". Curacao "Reaal" 1821, Stuiver 1822, medal from 1831 commemorating the "very destructive" HURRICANE of 11 August; 39 mm lead, not in Byrne, possible later 19th century restrike?. Curacao 1/4 Gld with script "C" in oval; nice example. CuNi Stuiver ca. 1880, 1/10 Gld & 1/4 Gld 1900-01, 1942- 1944 WW2 items of 7 diff denominations (11 pcs, mostly nice). Danish West Indies FR VII incused c/m on heavily circulated 1806 English penny. French Guiana (Cayenne) 2 Sous of various years, some apparently English fabrications; dated 1780, 1782, 1786 (rare?), 1787 (rare?), 1788 and 1789 (7 samples). Also 10 Cntm 1818 (2) & 1846. Guadeloupe "RF" in small oval on face of USA large cent 1819 (c/s applied around 1850 ?). Guadeloupe 1903-1921 (5; 4 different). Jamaica William Smith token & very worn silver French medal & 1/2d 1907. Martinique 1922. Montserrat "BLACK DOGG" . NWI 1/4 Gld 1794. Puerto Rico (?) crowned M c/m on holed Go 2R (ex-Almanzar). St. Barts crown c/s on Danish 2 Skilling 1715 ("unlisted host coin"), trefoiled crown c/s on Cayenne Sou (2; both appear "correct"). Santo Domingo common 4 Maravedis (2). St. Eustatius (Philipsburg) ornate "TP (or P) in carefully framed circle over Bolivian 2 Soles 1830JL; attribution is based on Hans Schulman when selling to Freeman Craig Senior about 1966: "Neat item, whatever the heck it is ". St. Kitts Black Dogg like Guttag 4612A (deeply incused stamp looks "correct"). St. Maarten (see Ray Byrne lot 1069 sold for $85 in 1975) token with large "5" in center with ST. M. below; nice example. St. Martin "M" incused on Cayenne 1789 (2 samples of very different texture). St. Vincent retrograde "S" on stampee. "Spanish West Indies" (??) Copper 34mm carefully manufactured pieces with reeded edge for "RL Servicio de Plaza" and "1R Cuarto de 8 a 10 Izquierda". Ulex 2445, Fonrobert 7736. Apparently this obtained from Ray Byrne. Surinam Duit 1764. Tobago "TB" on stampee (2 pcs). Tortola large "T" incused on stampee. Trinidad "F.D." on Irish 1/2d is similar to Byrne 1185 (?). Isles du Vent 6 Sols 1731 & 1732. Vieque or Crab Island (says Hans Schulman) on very worn USA half dollar, possibly 1808. See Fonrobert 7751. Crenulated 13 points of rays around sun. "Virgin Island" 1974 25 gram silver medal. "W I" (West Indies ?) incused on bust of Irish 1/2d. Final item is Azores 1887 crown c/s near edge on worn silver of Spain. Thus 94 items (approximate count is not guaranteed) are offered. Quality is typical for widely circulated examples of the included types of the era; some may be choice for the type while others exhibit various typical small flaws (a couple may have holes or mount traces). Sold As Is, NO Returns.
    Pedigreed To The Dana Roberts Variety and Study Accumulation.

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