When it comes to Spanish colonial coins, gold never goes out of fashion.
And when it comes to fashion, Spanish colonial coins are as good as gold.
Several lots in Daniel Frank Sedwick’s Treasure and World Coin
auction No. 19, held May 18 and 19, included items of jewelry made
with Spanish colonial cob coins.
The auction firm has built a reputation for offering Spanish
colonial coins, including pieces recovered in shipwrecks, tapping in
to the romantic nature of such pieces.
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The jewelry offers fashion that aligns with those romantic
sensibilities as well.
One of the lots features a .925 fine silver man’s ring with a
gold 2-escudo coin of Philip III set as the centerpiece. Playing up
the romantic legends of these coins being buried by pirates, the ring
features gold accents or emblems of crossed swords and a pirate’s
skull on opposing sides of the setting. The lot realized $1,912,
including the buyer's fee.
Another gold 2-escudo coin of Philip III is mounted in a .583 fine
gold money clip. It realized $1,410 with the buyer's fee.
A Charles II 8-escudo coin is used in a fancy .750 fine gold pendant for a necklace. This star item realized
$3,818.75 with the fee.
The ring had an estimate of $1,250 to $2,000, with the money clip
estimated to reach between $1,500 and $2,250. The necklace, featuring
the larger, heavier 8-escudo coin, had an estimate of $3,500 to $5,000.
For more information about the auction, visit the firm's website.