A $10 million collection of Mexican coins will be put on the auction block Aug. 13 by Heritage Auctions at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill.
The Isaac Rudman Collection of Mexican Coins, Part I, will include milled, or bust, gold issues, which span roughly 100 years starting in 1732,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Heritage vice president.
“It’s basically a complete date run of all denominations, from half to 8 escudos of great Mexican coinage, including varieties.”
Bierrenbach called the collection “one of the greatest collectors of Latino/Caribbean coins, artifacts, documents, currency and fine art to ever live.”
Taken in total, Rudman’s Mexican coins comprise a relatively small part of his collection. It includes all Mexican colonial issues, including cobs, bust and Royal coinage in silver and gold.
“I’ve had the great pleasure over the last 40 years of assembling this Mexican collection,” said Rudman. “I believe I was able to put together an exceptional group of coins, perhaps the most complete – certainly highest quality – of any collection of colonial Mexico. Now it’s time for my coins to move on to new collectors, who I’m certain will appreciate their beauty and historical value.”
The collection features a full set of the issues of the first, and very rare, 1732 date, including both varieties of the doubloon (8 escudos) and a superb Mint State 1 escudo; a complete set of the “Cara de Perro” 1747 issues, all in outstanding condition and of unmatched overall quality; an incredible array of the extremely rare “Rat Nose” 4 escudos, which represents 85 percent of the current population of the type certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, including two specimens tied as the finest certified for the entire type in AU-55 preservation; an unprecedented offering of the extremely rare minor Charles IV transitional issues of 1789-1790 showing the previous bust of Charles III; type representatives of all denominations in the series, including two Choice Mint State Philip V doubloons and a Mint State examples of the very rare 1770 Rat Nose doubloon.
There is also a “full set of all confirmed issues of the War of Independence provisional Guadalajara mint,” said Bierrenbach, “including the Norweb example of the legendary 1812 4 escudos. The latter represents only the second public offering of the type in over 70 years.”
Additional parts of the collection will be presented in throughout 2016. Locations of these will be announced later.
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This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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