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    Token San Andres Island near Colombia and Nicaragua and Panama,
    This 16 mm piece produced by I.E. Rubinstein & Son around 1900 is catalogued by Rulau as SAP-12. Rubensteins' firm produced high quality copra oil (coconut oil) still in great demand worldwide. These CuNi "Rubies", shown by Enrique Bernal as #222, denominated "value 5 Cents" indicate "R.C.", likely for Republica de Colombia. The island of San Andres, 90 miles off of Nicaragua (same distance as Cuba is from Florida) was settled by Spanish beginning about 1510. At times in its remarkable history, it was part of Audiencia of Panama, part of Capitania of Guatemala, claimed by neighboring Nicaragua more than once, settled by English Puritans from Jamaica, controlled by the famed pirate Henry Morgan whose treasure trove is still believed by some to be buried locally, assigned in 1803 to Western Panama and the Viceroyalty of Nueva Granada, and finally claimed by Francisco de Santander for the young Republic of Colombia in 1822. Since that time, others including Nicaragua have disputed ownership. . This is apparently the only example Dana ever obtained or even recorded details regarding its properties. With some stain and light etching, detail is Very Fine.

    From The Dana Roberts Collection and Study Group


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    April, 2014
    10th-16th Thursday-Wednesday
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