This year both Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be
hosting official auctions throughout the American Numismatic
Association World Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., which runs from
Aug. 5 to 9.
On Aug. 6 Stack’s Bowers will hold its Rarities Night auction and
Heritage has its Platinum Night paper money auction.
The next night Heritage hosts its U.S. coins Platinum Night sale,
and on Aug. 8 Heritage has a third Platinum Night auction, featuring
ancient and world coins. Beyond these big auctions, many more auction
sessions will be spread out during the convention.
Although the two firms are offering around 10,000 lots during the
ANA show — including multiple seven-figure rarities — here are a few
lots that our editors selected to represent the range of diverse world
coins and paper money selections the official ANA auctions offer.
Costa Rica counterstamped 1837 Central American Republic gold 4
escudos, About Uncirculated 53
Stack’s Bowers, Aug. 7
Counterfeiting led to one of Costa Rica’s rarest coins, from the
early days of the nation’s founding.
Costa Rica separated from the Central American Republic in 1838 but
continued to use the confederation’s coinage.
When fake gold 4- and 8-escudo coins of the Central American
Republic surfaced in Leon, Nicaragua, a decree of Dec. 24, 1841,
mandated that all coins then in circulation in Costa Rica,
predominantly those of the Central American Republic but also foreign
coins, would be countermarked. Silver coins had a portion removed to
pay for the countermarking.
The only known genuine Central American Republic host coins for the
gold issues are the 1837 4-escudo pieces and 1835 2-escudo coins,
according to Stack’s Bowers Galleries.
Only five examples of genuine countermarked gold 4-escudo coins were
known before this sixth example surfaced, the auction firm said, and
this is the finest certified.
The six-pointed star countermark is applied on the reverse of the
coin. The example offered by Stack’s Bowers Galleries is graded About
Uncirculated 53 by PCGS and is estimated to realize $12,000 to $16,000.
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