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    A Beautifully Produced Philip V "Royal"

    Guatemala. Type II countermark (1839) on Mexican 1717 Mo-J Philip V "Royal" 8 Reales XF Details (Holed) NGC, KM105.1 (upon KM-R47), Lazaro-73 (R3). 39mm/26.79g. Quite possibly receiving a conservative details grade from NGC, with strong definition remaining over well-struck, medium gray surfaces. A neatly formed hole was placed at 12 o'clock, and along with several marks near the first 7 in the date, they constitute the only notable imperfections over the surfaces. Validated as circulating specie by Guatemala in 1839, with a single, boldly placed sun over mountains stamp in the absolute center of the obverse shield. Very rare as both an example of this date in "Royal" form, and in its pairing with the Guatemalan validation. Thusly, an item of immense desirability for both the collector of Mexico as well as the Guatemala or Central American Specialist.
    Ex. Richard Stuart Collection


    Richard Stuart (1926-2016): The Pure Collector

    A Reflection by Carlos Jara


    If you are a collector interested in the Central American coinage series, it is safe to assume that you have heard about Richard Stuart's collection and its importance. While researching and gathering material for a few of my own publications, I visited him a number of times. I can attest to his generosity in sharing his collection with the numismatic community as many coins were discussed, analyzed and photographed during those visits.

    It is easy, and a bit overwhelming to recall many of the famous extreme rarities that passed through my hands in those occasions, but a few include: a complete date set (!) of the excessively rare Honduras 20 Pesos, the finest Costa Rica 20 Pesos 1873-GW that I recall seeing and the unique Honduras Lovett Peso dated 1878. Yet, as an enthusiastic student of the series, it was probably more rewarding to rediscover other, more obscure although equally rare and significant items that I had only seen in old references or which were rumored to exist, but remained unconfirmed. I held in my hand the unique 1784-dated Mexico 4 Reales with the "S. S 1830" El Salvador volcano countermark that was originally part of the Bergsoe collection (lot 871 in the 9/1903 Jacques Schulman auction), the finest Tegucigalpa Iturbide 2 Reales (lot 690 in the 3/1966 Hans Schulman auction of the H. Gibbs collection, where Richard actually acquired it) and the only example of the Guatemala 1878-P 1/4 Real that I am aware of. Such was the depth of his Central American collection that he was able to obtain not only the finest example of the extremely rare Central American Republic 1825 NG-M 8 Escudos, but also more mundane and little known condition rarities such as the Nicaragua 5 Centavos 1915-H in Mint State.

    A less well known fact about him and one that attests to his immense love for numismatics is that Richard originally collected all the Latin American series and formed a very advanced group for many of those countries. The now legendary "Americas collection" offered by Kagin's at the 1983 A. N. A. auction sale was part of his holdings, and I can attest that he also once owned a choice example of the 1760 So-J Chilean pillar 4 Reales. Yet to me, the most telling fact about Richard's collector philosophy is the way in which he arranged his holdings: by date, providing a clear view of the series of any country. Thus, the first page of the album containing his Guatemalan colonial Philip V series showed a mundane (but choice for the type, with no hole as is typical and a clear 4-digit date) 1733 G-J 1/2 Real, a "royal" 1733 G-J 4 Reales and the unique ex. Norweb 1733 G-J  8 Escudos. All of these coins were important to him, and that is the mark of a pure collector.

    Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000.

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