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Essential new books about numismatics and specialized in shipwreck coins and artifacts

 

 

 

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 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. n051704407001

$39.99 each 

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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. (shipping not included) consult for international shipping and hardcover limited version. n041605161001

$65 each 

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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

$25 each

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THE "TUMBAGA" SAGA: TREASURE OF THE CONQUISTADORS, Second Edition, by Agustín ("Augi") García-Barneche (2018). Soft cover, 158 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. n101819041001

$44.95 each

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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 Ecuador 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.

n081303814001 $40 each

 

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THE GREAT TRANSITION AT THE POTOSI MINT 1649 - 1653 by Robert Mastalir Divisek. THE GREAT TRANSITION AT THE POTOSI MINT 1649 - 1653. Vol. I.  by Robert Mastalir Divisek. 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. 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. n041500000001 $90 each

 

HE GREAT TRANSITION AT THE POTOSI MINT 1649 - 1653 Vol. II.  by Robert Mastalir Divisek. 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. If you have volume I covering the 8 reales, you want to buy the second volume to complete the detailed study of this transitional pieces. THE GREAT TRANSITION AT THE POTOSI MINT 1649 - 1653 Vol. II.  by Robert Mastalir Divisek. 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. If you have volume I covering the 8 reales, you need to buy this second volume to complete the detailed study of these transitional pieces. n021619041001 $90 each

 

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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

$70 each 

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THE COB COINAGE OF COLOMBIA, by Joseph R. Lasser and Jorge Emilio Restrepo (2000). COINS OF COLOMBIA (Monedas de Colombia), 1619-2012 (Spanish Colonial and Republican), 4nd edition, by Jorge Emilio Restrepo (2012). NEW and FIRST ENGLISH VERSION. This is a compilation and update of all the author's previous works, including cobs, milled colonial, and Republican issues to the present, and as such it is an invaluable tool for anyone with an interest in coins made in Colombia. The information is accurate and up-to-date, with tables of values for all the post-cob issues in four grades of conservation, and containing over 3000 listings, with many photos of coins within each type—in short, a marvel of organization and clarity for a series that defies both! Soft cover, perfect bound, 276 pages, limited printing (400 copies), ISBN 978-958-44-0080-2. n111210181001 SOLD OUT

 

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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

 

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

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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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