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Books about Spanish Colonial Coinage

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THE PRACTICAL BOOK OF COBS 20th Anniversary Ed. THE PRACTICAL BOOK OF COBS, 20th Anniversary (4th) Edition, by Daniel Frank Sedwick (2007). Soft cover, 254 pages, illustrated with maps, diagrams and photos. This popular book has been out of print since 1995 and unavailable for a number of years now, so this new edition should be a most welcome addition to the market! Greatly expanded from the previous edition (more than 100 pages longer!), this 20th Anniversary edition contains a long new section on the shipwrecks that have yielded cobs over the years, complete with a foldout map and specific bibliographies for each wreck. Autographed by the author. For further information about this book  click here. n070700000001

$19.95 each with free domestic Media Mail shipping

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The Great Transition at the Potosí Mint, 1649-1653: The 1649-1652 Crowned Shield Coinage and the Countermarks of 1652 - Part A: The 1649-1652 Crowned Shield Coinage 270 pages by Robert Mastalir.

An exhaustive study and census of the issues of silver coinage in the Shield Type design from the mint of Potosí, Bolivia, in the years 1649-1652, covering three assayers (Zambrano, Rodas and Elgueta) and four dates (1649, 1650, 1651 and 1652), with a thorough treatment of every die and combination (obverse and reverse) based on careful examination of thousands of actual coins, most recovered from the shipwrecks Capitana (sunk in 1654 off Ecuador) and Maravillas (sunk in 1656 off the Bahamas), both ships representing a time capsule of coinage that was otherwise destroyed when new coinage at higher value was instituted in 1652.


The Great Transition at the Potosí Mint, 1649-1653: The 1649-1652 Crowned Shield Coinage and the Countermarks of 1652 - Part B: The Countermarks of 1652 562 pages

The complexity of Potosí's silver coinage in the Shield Type design of 1649-1652 is compounded by the fact that most of it was countermarked by various Royal representatives to attest to their proper fineness, after the revelation of a mint scandal in which it was discovered that Potosí's coinage from prior decades had been struck from debased silver, for which several officials were eventually executed. This volume is a complete examination of all the known countermarked coins (numbering in the thousands), most from the shipwrecks Capitana (sunk in 1654 off Ecuador) and Maravillas (sunk in 1656 off the Bahamas), thoroughly organized into types and subtypes, with complete census information for all the countermarks.
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8 REALES COBS OF POTOSI, by Emilio Paoletti, Third Edition (2016) Available in hardbound (numbered, with dust jacket-limited) and softbound, 479 pages. Packed with great photos . An update to Paoletti's esteemed work on Potosi cob 8 Reales of all periods, presented in English with Spanish text at the end. Very important reference on the subject, autographed by the author. - EXCLUSIVE U.S. Distribution. The Great Transition at the Potosí Mint 1649 - 1653: The 1652 Transitional 8 Reales (2015) by Robert Mastalir

This book describes in detail all the die-varieties of Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales (silver coins) struck in 1652, a year of transition of design to what has become known as the "pillars-and-waves" style of 1652-1773. The previous design, up to and including 1652, featured instead a full Habsburg coat-of-arms (shield). This book also details the events leading up to the change of design, particularly the investigation and prosecution of fraud at the mine and mint in the 1620s through 1640s that resulted in silver coins that were underweight and below standard in fineness.


The Great Transition at the Potosí Mint 1649 - 1653: The 1652 Transitional Minor Denominations 4, 2, 1 and 1/2 Reales. (2016) by Robert Mastalir.


This book describes in detail all the die-varieties of Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4,2,1 and 1/2 reales (silver coins) struck in 1652, a year of transition of design to what has become known as the "pillars-and-waves" style of 1652-1773. The previous design, up to and including 1652, featured instead a full Habsburg coat-of-arms (shield). This book also details the events leading up to the change of design, particularly the investigation and prosecution of fraud at the mine and mint in the 1620s through 1640s that resulted in silver coins that were underweight and below standard in fineness. Also contained in this book are brief descriptions of a couple shipwrecks (the Capitana of 1654 and the Maravillas of 1656) that yielded a majority of these transitional coins recent decades, enabling a rigorous die-study like this one to finally be realized. The various die changes are illustrated by photos and drawings throughout.

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8 REALES COBS OF POTOSI, by Emilio Paoletti, Third Edition (2016) Available in hardbound (numbered, with dust jacket-limited) and softbound, 479 pages. Packed with great photos . An update to Paoletti's esteemed work on Potosi cob 8 Reales of all periods, presented in English with Spanish text at the end. Very important reference on the subject, autographed by the author. - EXCLUSIVE U.S. Distribution. 8 REALES COBS OF POTOSI, by Emilio Paoletti, Third Edition (2016) Softbound (numbered, with dust jacket-limited) and softbound, 479 pages. Packed with great photos. An update to Paoletti's esteemed work on Potosi cob 8 Reales of all periods, presented in English with Spanish text at the end. Very important reference on the subject, autographed by the author. - EXCLUSIVE U.S. Distribution. n041605161001

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Las Monedas que circularon en la Capitanía General de Puerto Rico (The Coins that circulated in the Captaincy General of Puerto Rico) by Ortiz Murias, Jorge

This book (written in Spanish) describes which coins specifically circulated on the Island of Puerto Rico during the period that the island was conquered and colonized, both by the Spanish Empire and the United States of America, between 1508 and 1900. The circulation of coins in the time of the Colonization of the New World was somewhat complicated, due to the diversity of values ​​in circulation in European countries, those produced in the mints of the new territories and the fluctuations in the value of the metals used. A chapter of this work deals with the problem that caused the change of the monetary system from Spanish to North American, since each of them is based on different units, weights and metal purity, which caused disagreement with the population, when the North American authorities they established the equivalence for the change. The author also deals with the first circulation bills on that island, which are extremely scarce. ISBN 978-9945-9117-1-8 / Number of pages: 160 - Binding: Softcover - Language: Spanish
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The Provisional Coins of El Salvador in the Central American Federation – Identification of Types and Varieties
by Roberto Jovel and Brad Yonaka


A new published work combining a detailed die study by Brad Yonaka with Roberto Jovel’s work on the provisional silver coins struck by El Salvador from 1828 to 1835, when it was part of the Central American Federation.
ISBN: 978-0-9986825-2-5 - Long Beach: Agorocu, 2020. 4to, original pictorial card covers. 88 pages; illustrated. New. Item #6186 - Language: English.

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Monedas Provisionales del Estado Del Salvador - Provisional Coins of El Salvador, by Miguel Villavicencio *in Spanish.

This Catalog has the purpose of listing and classifying the first coins produced in El Salvador, between 1828 and 1835, while it was one of the States of the Federal Republic of Central America. It includes a synthesis of the history, to understand the circumstances that motivated El Salvador to stand against the Federal Republic and the reason behind the coinage of El Salvador. These emblematic coins that mark the beginning of the transformation of the Salvadoran state into an independent republic.

Very few collectors know about these types of coins and the historical legacy they contain. This book is trying to rescue them from the lack of information and study material and puts the effort on making a complete inventory of the different varieties, trying to simplify these coins by types, illustrating the differences between them, and explaining what the marks and elements found on the coins and their representation. 120 pages in full color.
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El resello de las macuquinas en Costa Rica (1846), by Jose A. Vargas Zamora, Manuel B. Chacon Hidalgo and Josue I. Sanchez Chaves (2021). (Spanish)

This book includes n122119041003 enlarged images of the obverse and reverse of 90 cob "macuquina" coins, some without countermark and most with the 1846 countermark that enabled their circulation in Costa Rica, for all the denominations: one, two, four and eight reales. The introductory pages contain a brief history of the foreign coins with countermarks applied in the country in 1841, 1845, 1846, 1849 and 1850. The book concludes with an alphabetical index and information on the coins that between 1847 and 1850, replaced these countermarked cobs.

 

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Medallic Portraits of Admiral Vernon: Medals Sometimes lie.
By John W. Adams, Fernando Chao (h) and Anne E. Bentley

The authors’ "History of the Events" sets the historical record straight and is accompanied by a bibliography, a guide to collecting the series, a chapter on the metals utilized, and a vital series of appendices comprising concordances, a census, biographical notes on prominent collectors, a guide to grading, and other germane topics. These sections are the soul of the book; its heart is the extensive, detailed catalogue of "The Medals Themselves," comprising two thirds of the volume. Here, over 275 medals are depicted in full color enlargements, accompanied by painstakingly detailed descriptions printed in two colors for ease of use.†Dr. Joel J. Orosz has termed the book "one of the signal triumphs of modern numismatic scholarship" and concludes that "In fact, Medallic Portraits of Admiral Vernon†does such a superb job of defining the previously indefinable, the only numismatic book to which it can be appropriately compared is Sylvester Sage Crosby's Early Coins of America." 2010. Quarto, original cream cloth, gilt, jacket. 240 pages, illustrated in color.

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Books about Shipwrecks

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El Tesoro del Atocha: Una Aventura Arqueológica de 400 millones de Dólares (Edición Especial en Español Re-Impresa digitalmente exclusivamente durante la Convención Cartagena 2021)
En este libro, el Dr. Duncan Mathewson III, Director de Arqueología de la búsqueda del Nuestra Señora de Atocha, comparte con nosotros gran cantidad del material histórico rescatado de los naufragios del Nuestra Señora de Atocha y del Santa Margarita, proporcionándonos ahora esta visión del pasado a través de los resultado de sus trabajos de conservación y del estudio de este material, incluyendo entre este, una vista, por primera vez, a monedas acuñadas en el Nuevo Reino de Granada en 1621 y 1622, de las cuales no se conocía ejemplar alguno hasta el descubrimiento de estos pecios. Tapa dura – 160 páginas – Originalmente impreso in 1988. Reimpresión digital exclusiva de 200 copias – libro firmado por el autor. 
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La Saga "Tumbaga" Tesoro de Los Conquistadores por Augi Garcia (2019) Edicion en Español. Soft cover, 128 pages, larger format (7" x 10"), limited first edition (200 numbered copies). Before there were coins in the New World, before there were Spanish Treasure Fleets, and even before there were any kind of European colonies in Mexico, the conquistador Hernan Cortés and his men, through the Tarascan Conquest by Cristóbal de Olid in 1522, discovered a new precious-metal mix that led to an improvised manufacture of so-called "tumbaga" bars: a group of over 200 silver and gold ingots discovered in the remains of an unidentified ca.-1528 shipwreck off Grand Bahama Island in 1993. This new edition includes expanded etymological research, full color images along with new documents and maps, plates of new silver and gold bars, as well as a new chapter "The First Coinage of The Americas" by Cori Sedwick-Downing. Autographed by the author. (Spanish Version) n061904767001

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Extended 2019 Spanish Edition.

THE "TUMBAGA" SAGA: TREASURE OF THE CONQUISTADORS, Second Edition, by Agustín ("Augi") García-Barneche (2018 Special 2021 Author's reprint). Soft cover, 150 pages, larger format (7" x 10"). Before there were coins in the New World, before there were Spanish Treasure Fleets, and even before there were any kind of European colonies in Mexico, the conquistador Hernan Cortés and his men, through the Tarascan Conquest by Cristóbal de Olid in 1522, discovered a new precious-metal mix that led to an improvised manufacture of so-called "tumbaga" bars: a group of over 200 silver and gold ingots discovered in the remains of an unidentified ca.-1528 shipwreck off Grand Bahama Island in 1993.  Autographed by the author and dedicated upon request. just released December 23, 20201. (33 left) n101819041001

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ISLA EL MUERTO AND THE TREASURES OF THE CONSOLACION

ISLA EL MUERTO AND THE TREASURES OF THE CONSOLACION (2nd ed), by William Gene Seliger (2008). This new book about the Consolación wreck of 1681 off " rel="lightbox" title="Online Store - Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC">cuador was written by one of the salvagers, and as such is a unique perspective you don't usually get in writing! Published in Ecuador in limited quantities, this book is actually in shorter supply than the thousands of silver cobs from this wreck currently on the market, for which this book is an excellent accompaniment. 173 pages, large format, softcover.

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Books about World Coins

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A Variety Guide to the Pillar Coinage of the Guatemala, Bogota, Lima, Potosi, and Santiago Mints, 1751-1772 (2018), by Brad Yonaka. A Variety Guide to the Pillar Coinage of the Guatemala, Bogota, Lima, Potosi, and Santiago Mints, 1751-1772, by Brad Yonaka (2018). The must-have book for the Pillar coinage collector, Yonaka’s work pulls together high quality images, extensive rarity and variety research, market pricing, and expert analysis to provide its readers with a keen understanding of one of the most iconic coinage series ever crafted. Autographed by the author.

Binding: Softcover / Page Count: 365 pages
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A Variety Guide to the Silver and Copper Coinage of the Mexico City Mint, 1772-1821, by Brad Yonaka (2020). A Variety Guide to the Silver and Copper Coinage of the Mexico City Mint, 1772-1821, by Brad Yonaka (2020). “A Variety Guide to the Silver and Copper Coinage of the Mexico City Mint 1772-1821 is dedicated exclusively to the issues of this era, a first of its kind. A great deal of fragmentary historical research is synthesized to present a current accounting of types, with rarity and estimated prices. Included are descriptions of 470 dates and varieties, with close to 500 photos. To the avid collector of Spanish colonial or Mexican coins, this book fills a much needed gap in the understanding and richness of the portrait reales era. For the casual collector, it opens the door to a historically fascinating coinage that is relatively abundant and moderately priced in today’s market.” - from the cover synopsis. Autographed by the author.

Binding: Hardcover / Page Count: 252 pages
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THE GOLD COINAGE OF GRAN COLOMBIA, by Frank Sedwick (1991) THE GOLD COINAGE OF GRAN COLOMBIA, by Frank Sedwick (1991).  Still considered the most complete and accurate reference on post-independence Colombian gold coins (including Ecuador and Venezuela, as they were once part of "Gran Colombia"), with values and rarities for all known issues.  Soft cover, 90 pages, brand new (please inquire for bulk discounts to dealers). n000001190001 $12 each each plus shipping. 
SPAIN, PORTUGAL AND THE NEW WORLD, by Krause-Mishler (2002) SPAIN, PORTUGAL AND THE NEW WORLD, by Krause-Mishler (2002).  With forewords by Daniel Frank Sedwick, David Fiero, and Roberto Jovel; soft cover, large format (8½” x 11”), 645 pages, covering all Spanish and Spanish colonial issues, plus Republican issues to present from former Spanish colonies (in addition to the Portuguese material), including counterstamps, hence a great boon to readers of my catalogs, with listings of every date in every denomination and values for up to 7 grades, and of course many photos.  Now offered at 40% off the former retail price!  Wholesale discounts for quantities. n120506231001 $30 each  each plus shipping. 

 

 EL NUMISCADERO, by Gary Beals (2017). Spanish-speaking and English-speaking collectors have a lot to share with each other. This book is a tool to make the numismatic learning curve more fun and a richer experience. This is a jumping off point into deeper corners of the coin collecting world. 354 pages, author Gary Beals, edited by D. Wayne Johnson. n121804672001

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Books about Paper Money

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Compiled and edited by Mexican currency specialist Cory Frampton together with Duane Douglas, Alberto Hidalgo and Elmer Powell, this is the first serious effort in over twenty years to catalog all known Mexican currency. This major reference includes over 2,800 images, most of which are new digital color images obtained from a variety of major public and private collections. A tremendous number of new notes and varieties of existing notes have been discovered over the past twenty years and they are included. The book is 424 pages in a 9” by 12” hard cover format that greatly increases the size of the images. MEXICAN PAPER MONEY, by Cory Frampton (2010) Compiled and edited by Mexican currency specialist Cory Frampton together with Duane Douglas, Alberto Hidalgo and Elmer Powell. This major reference includes over 2,800 images, most of which are new digital color images obtained from a variety of major public and private collections. 424 pages 9x12” hard cover n111604324001

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These books are generally in print and available in quantity, sometimes published by us or with exclusive distribution in U.S. For more specialized references and rare books and catalogs, please visit www.workmansbooks.com , run by my colleague and friend, Alan Workman, whose site is dedicated solely to books and catalogs pertaining to treasure-type items, including coins and militaria.

 

  

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