The December 2014 issue of the ANS Enews announced a new book available from the American Numismatic Society. -Editor
La Colección Cervera, Moneda Antiqua de Hispania
By: Ma Paz García-Bellido y William Metcalf
Con la participatión de Gloira Mora y la colaboración de Encarnación González
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and
Softcover, 468 pp.
Bl & wh illustrations throughout I
Price: Non-member price: US$90.00 plus shipping and handling
Member price: US$60.00 plus shipping and handling
Dealer price: US$60.00 contact the ANS Membership Office for details
The provenance of individual coins can sometimes be traced back to great collections of earlier centuries, but it is very rare that the entire
contents of a coin collection from the nineteenth century are fully documented. It is fortunate for the numismatic community that one such instance
is the outstanding collection formed by the Spanish ophthalmologist Rafael Cervera y Royo (1828–1903). In 1902, shortly before his death, Cervera
sold his collection in its entirety to the great American Hispanophile Archer M. Huntington, along with a manuscript inventory listing the entire
collection. That inventory, now at the American Numismatic Society in New York, together with the rubbings of Cervera’s collection made by Antonio
Vives Escudero for his research on ancient Spanish coins, now at the Instituto Valencia de Don Juan in Spain, allowed María Paz García-Bellido and
William E. Metcalf to identify the ancient coins from Cervera’s collection and match them with the photographs of Archer Huntington’s collection.
This book catalogues the 1576 Iberian, Celtiberian, Greek, Hispano-Punic, and Roman Provincial coins from the Cervera collection, with every coin
photographed and fully described. After the unfortunate dispersal of Archer Huntington’s collection in a series of sales since 2011, this book stands
as the surviving monument to Cervera’s collection and the best resource for tracing its coins into the future. It is not only an astonishing time
capsule of one of the great collections of nineteenth-century Spain; the importance of this collection for researchers working on early Hispanic
coinage, from Vives to the present, makes this book an essential resource for any numismatist with an interest in ancient Spain.
For more information, or to order, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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