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
Ediciones Polifemo, Madrid (2014)
Softcover, 468 pp.
Black & white illustrations throughout
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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 1,576 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.