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    E29, Lot 152:

    ANGUILLA. AR Liberty dollar on a 1948 Mexico 5 pesos. 29.93 gm. 40 mm. .8651 ASW. 1967. National arms, eagle left / Head with headdress left; ANGUILLA LIBERTY DOLLAR JULY 11 1967. KM 465 (host coin). Overall Extremely Fine.

    Anguilla is a Caribbean republic and British overseas territory consisting of a main island and smaller islands totaling 35 square miles, located about 200 miles east of Puerto Rico.  The Anguilla Liberty Dollars were made by Scott Newhall while he was the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Newhall was an avid coin collector and, in 1967, he saw an opportunity for a flashy story to publish in the Chronicle.

    In 1967 Britain granted the islands of Saint Kitts and Nevis autonomy, incorporating Anguilla into the new unified dependency of Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla ruled by a dictator on Saint Kitts, against the wishes of many Anguillans. This led to two Anguillan revolutions, in 1967 and 1969, with the goal of returning the island to its former status as a British crown colony.

    To facilitate commerce and raise money for the revolutionaries Newhall took 11,600 silver dollar sized coins and counterstamped them in the basement of the Chronicle building in San Francisco. The plan was that the Anguillan government would sell them to collectors for a surcharge and reimburse Newhall. The plan failed, with only 2000-3000 put into commerce and Newhall forced to sell the remainder for melt value. Anguilla did issue their own commemorative coins in following years, and did return fully to British rule in 1971.

    The full story, along with the transcript of a 1980s interview with Scott Newhall, can be found on the Santa Clarita Valley historical society website


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