The collection of historian, researcher and numismatic Miquel
Crusafont i Sabater features in Aureo & Calico’s Oct. 27 auction.
Crusafont, born in Sabadell in 1942, has a doctorate in history
from Universitat Autonomo de Barcelona, and served as director of the
museum of history in Sabadell. He has been president of the Societat
Catalana d’Estudis Numismàtics since 1996 and is editor of the group’s
Acta Numismàtica publication.
Crusafont specializes in numismatics, mainly in Catalan medieval
coins, in which field he is considered an authority. He has published
some 280 articles and 14 books, mainly on the history of medieval and
modern currency, according to Eduard Domingo i Coll of the auction firm.
Crusafont’s collection is devoted to Catalan and Catalan-related
coinage since Charlemagne and the Islamic occupation, and includes the
Aragon and Navarre emissions under Catalan-Aragonese kingdom; issues
of Provence, Naples, Sardinia and Sicily; the coinage of the Borgia
Popes (they were from Valencia), the Habsburgs and the Borbon; local
coinage and more.
A highlight of the auction is a circa 1396 to 1410 silver croat,
“fallen crown” type, of Barcelona, struck by Martí I in the Catalan dynasty.
The obverse bears the king’s bust to left, the crown pulled back,
leaving the forehead free and covering the nape, while the reverse
carries a cross. The coin weighs 3.21 grams and is in Extremely Fine
condition. The variety is “extremely rare, especially in this
beautiful condition,” and has an estimate of €20,000 ($27,532 U.S.).
The auction is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the firm’s Barcelona
The catalog for the auction is posted at the firm’s website, www.aureo.com. Click on “English” and
then on “Current Auctions” to gain access to a catalog.
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