A collection of nearly 300 high-grade Spanish gold 8-escudo coins
highlights a pair of auctions conducted Sept. 15 and 16 by
The auctions feature approximately 5,000 lots of coins and are
being conducted at two different venues.
Approximately 2,270 lots of Spanish and Spanish colonial coins are
scheduled to be offered in the Sept. 15 auction, slated to be held at
the Ritz Hotel, Madrid. Though gold 8-real coins comprise a
significant offering in the auction, one of the main highlights is an
1808 gold proclamation medal from the town of Zamora in Mexico, issued
while the town was under Spanish colonial rule.
Unlisted in gold (according to three references on Spanish
proclamation medals), the medal is “by far ... the most important
proclamation [medal Cayon has] ever had over 25 years,” according to
Juan Cayon of the firm.
To validate the medal, the firm firm cites contemporary documents
from Rafael España, who was notary public in the Mexican town when
news arrived of Fernando VII’s ascension to the throne upon the
abdication of Charles IV, his father.
Proclamation medals are medals that were issued by individuals and
municipalities upon the accession to the throne of new Spanish kings,
thus the pieces proclaim the new leadership in effect. They were
issued in Spain as well as its colonies.
For Fernando VII’s ascension, Zamoran authorities began planning a
lavish party, according to España’s account, slated for Nov. 26, 1808,
several months after the official word of the abdication had arrived.
Plans includes general “sprucing up” of the city, with houses being
painted and streets well-lit, as well as an official painting to be
revealed at the party.
Proclamation day was for some unknown reason held Nov. 27, one day
late (the medal shows the initially planned date, Nov. 26).
At 4 p.m., there was a salute to the new king and the unveiling of
the painting, followed by a ringing of bells in the city and lighting
Military leader Lázaro Morales (one of two military rulers
referenced on the reverse of the medal) distributed most of the medals
into the crowd (the rest were distributed later during further
festivities), and a specially commissioned band began playing.
The celebration continued over several days and included a mass,
multiple meals, dancing, the freeing of some prisoners and more fireworks.
The 40-millimeter medal is a rare reminder of the celebration for
the new ruler. It features the coat of arms of Spain, within a collar
of the Order of the Golden Fleece, on the obverse, while the reverse
bears text legends relating to the proclamation.
Though versions are known in silver and also in bronze, the gold
version was never recorded, according to Cayon.
The example in Cayon’s auction is Uncirculated. It is one of 626
lots of Fernando VII-related coins and medals in the Sept. 15 auction.
Three other Bourbon rulers — Carlos III, Carlos IV and Isabel II — are
well-represented in this auction, along with Fernando VII forming “one
of the best and most complete” collections of these series offered “in
an auction, including gold, silver and minor series,” according to
Cayon. The collection was created by a collector “with a good eye” for
grading the gold series, Cayon said; the coins are “really attractive
and have original luster.”
A total of 1,125 lots of 19th and 20th century issues, including
modern (1868-forward) coins follows. The group of Queen Isabel coins
represents almost all dates and mints from minor to gold coins,
including key coins from mints in Barcelona, Madrid and Sevilla.
The second auction offers ancient and world coins and as well as
Spanish paper money, and more Spanish and Spanish colonial coins. It
is scheduled for Sept. 16, at the Convencion Hotel, Madrid, where a
coin show organized by the Spanish Professional Numismatists
Association is also scheduled.
More than 200 lots of ancient coins lead the day’s auction, with
several dozen lots of paper money. Following are more than 1,100 lots
of Spanish and Spanish Colonial coins.
Lot listings can be accessed through the firm’s website, www.cayon.com, or
which will permit live bidding for the auction.
Cayon also announces that the firm has become, as far as it knows,
the first auction house in the world to launch a version of its
website accessible through tablets (like the iPad). That site is m.cayon.com.
For more information about the auctions, telephone Cayon at (011)
34 91 308 23 10 or email the firm at firstname.lastname@example.org. ■