Curacao (1810) 3 reaal

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Heritage sale 3030, lot 23464
Courtesy of Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23464 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $4,993.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Dutch Colonial 3 Reaal ND (c. 1810), VF20 NGC Bostonian Collection, nicely toned with a deeply applied 5-petaled rose countermark on a dentilated 1/4 cut of Spanish 8 Reales. Very rare type - do not confuse with the more common KM13 which utilized a 1/5 cut of an 8 Reales. Sold with two collector tags including one for a Bank Leu sale in October of 1990, Lot 950." Curaçao, like many islands in the Caribbean, suffered from a chronic shortage of coin as absentee planters pulled profits out of the islands. In 1838, Dutch gulden of William II were cut into quarters to serve as small change.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: .893 fine silver, 6.5 g.

Catalog reference: KM 7, Pr-25.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3030, featuring the RLM Collection, the Isaac Rudman Collection, the Hans Cook Collection and the Collection of Donald E. Bently, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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