Martinique ND (1798) 3 escalins

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Heritage sale 378, lot 13913
photo courtesy Heritage Auctions

The French Overseas Department of Martinique was colonized by the French, taken formally in 1635. It was occupied briefly by the British several times during the Napoleonic wars. It remains a French dependency to the present day.

The example shown is a quarter cut from a Spanish bust eight reales of Charles III. This type of cutting was done during the British occupation of Martinique (1793-1801). It was lot 13913 and sold on June 3, 2005 at the 2005 (HWCA) Long Beach Signature Auction #378 for $345. The catalog description reads: "3 Escalins ND (1798), 1/4 cut of a Spanish colonial 8 Reales with crenated edges. Nice VF and scarce."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specifications: silver.

Catalog reference: KM 26.

Sources:

  • Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.

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