Several weeks ago The E-Sylum covered the conflict between the American Numismatic Society and the Hispanic Society of America over control of a collection of some 37,000 Spanish coins formed by Archer Huntington. I hadn't seen much coverage of this but Coin World's May 19th issue reported that the judge in the case has ordered the ANS to return the collection. Here are some excerpts from the April 25, 2008 judgement (available on the New York State Court's web site).Defendant is obligated to return the Coin Collection, Photographic Materials and other identifying information to Plaintiffs, having ordered that Defendant is permanently enjoined and ordered to return the Coin Collection, Photographic Materials and other identifying information to Plaintiffs...
Judgment is hereby entered for Plaintiffs, The Hispanic Society of America and The Board of Trustees of The Hispanic Society of America, against Defendant, The American Numismatic Society, Inc.
Defendant shall accord Sotheby’s, Inc. (“Sotheby’s”) and such experts, specialists and technicians as Sotheby’s may designate in writing to both Defendant and Plaintiffs the unimpeded right to inspect, identify, verify, separate and value the coins comprising the Coin Collection (the “Tasks”) at the premises of Defendant at 96 Fulton Street, New York, New York
The court document and Coin World article say nothing about the Hispanic Society's intentions for the collection. Sotheby's is presented as a third-party expert who will ensure that the entire collection is handed over, but nothing is said of what HSA will do with it. Is a Sothebys auction in the works? -Editor.To read the previous E-Sylum article, see: HISPANIC SOCIETY SUES ANS OVER CONTROL OF COLLECTION
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