The success of the first voyage exceeded all expectations. On March 15, 1493 the Reyes summon Colon to Barcelona to fulfill their promises and commission new instructions. The charter of May 28, 1493 confirms the agreements of the previous year. Colon is Amiral del mar Oceano with a hereditary transmission. His monopoly on Spanish discoveries will be terminated in 1499.
On May 20, 1493 in Barcelona, Colon is presented with his coat of arms in the legal form of a royal provision. The original 28 x 44 cm document on vellum parchment is made a few days later, just before the admiral leaves Barcelona to prepare the second trip.
The Dukes of Veragua are the direct descendants of Cristobal Colon. To this day, they have kept this parchment considered as part of their family heirloom. It is estimated € 1.25M for sale by Ansorena in Madrid on December 17, lot 90.
The document includes the text establishing the privileges, recorded by the Royal Secretary Fernando Alvarez de Toledo. It is centered on the illustration of the new coat of arms colored in five inks : gold, white, red, blue and brown. The two upper quarters are the emblems of the kingdoms of Castile and Leon and one of the lower divisions simulates a map of the islands surrounded by the waves. The lead seal is lost but the ribbons that held it remain attached to the paper.