St. Lucia (1798) 6 escalins
St. Lucia was first seen by Europeans during a voyage of Columbus. It was first colonized in 1605 by the British, but difficulties with the indigenous population kept European incursion at a minimum. Later the French arrived, and the island was fought over many times between the two powers. At times, it is unclear to researchers whether a particular issue was authorized by the British or French, altho the denominations are of French derivation. Full British control was asserted in 1814, after the authorization date of the coinage shown here. For these pieces, Spanish colonial 8 reales were cut so that the pillars ran parallel, and the counterstamp 'St. Lucie' was applied.
This specimen was lot 25040 in Heritage sale 3030 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description noted, "French Colonial 6 Escalins ND (1798), VF30 NGC Brand Collection, nicely toned with deeply applied SL monogram countermarks on a half cut of a Carlos III 8 Reales. A choice example with lovely patina on the host coin. Sold with two original collector tags."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 0.903 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-4.
- Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2016.* Byrne, Ray, Coins, Tokens, & Medals from the West Indies, Jess Peters, Inc, auction catalog - Sale #78, June 13-15, 1975.
- 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.