St. Lucia No Date (1813) 2 livres 5 sous

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Ponterio sale 158, lot 1282
photo courtesy Stacks' Bowers Auctions

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. As a result, it is unclear to researchers whether the colonial coinage was issued by the British or French. Obviously the denominations are of French derivation. Full British control was exerted in 1814, which was 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[1].

This example of a 2 livres 5 sous was lot 1282 at the N.Y.I.N.C Auction – Sale 71 by Stack's Bowers Auctions and sold on Jan 7, 2011 for $649. The catalog description[2] reads:
"SAINT LUCIA. 2 Livres 5 Sols, ND (1813). Loal Ordinance of 20 January 1813. "S:Lucie" countermark on a cut segment of a Mexican 8 Reales. Toned. VERY FINE."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 0.903 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM-9; Prid-10.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Byrne, Ray, Coins, Tokens, & Medals from the West Indies, Jess Peters, Inc, auction catalog - Sale #78, June 13-15, 1975.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, and Kent Ponterio, Ponterio sale 158: The 2011 N.Y.I.N.C. Auction, Irvine: Bowers and Merena, 2010.

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