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Product Description: The Practical Book of Cobs is a reference book on Spanish colonial coins by Daniel Sedwick and Frank Sedwick. First published in 1987, the book has been re-released three times, most recently in a 20th Anniversary edition (4th edition) published in 2007. An essential guide and reference work for divers and shipwreck enthusiasts, this book offers information that is not readily available or only available after searching many reference works or auction catalogs. This book covers the mints, assayers, styles, and types of “treasure coins” from the period 1536 at the Mexico City Mint until 1773, the end of cob-type coins minted at the Potosí Mint in Bolivia. In addition it has a section that goes over each of the most famous treasure wrecks of all time including the Atocha, the Spanish 1715 Fleet and many others.
- "Dan Sedwick has produced a fourth edition of The Practical Book of Cobs.
In it he has carefully revised and enlarged assayer descriptions and very
importantly for any and all researchers, he explains the rationale for his
conclusions. He's added a new section giving a list of fifty-five treasure ships
and their cargoes and has compressed virtually every important fact known about
cobs today into this well structured volume. It is well written—lucid and
logical—and is a meaningful addition to cob coin literature that should be
included in everyone's library. I wish that I could do as good a job as Dan has
done." - Joe Lasser, The E-Sylum: Volume 10, Number 36, September 10, 2007,
· Bidding: Paperback, 8½" x 5½"
· Pages: 254
· Edition: 4th edition (July 1, 2007)
· Publisher: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, llc
· Location: Winter Park, FL, USA
· Language: English
· Illustration: Illustrated throughout
· ISBN: 0982081804
· ISBN-13: 9780982081808
Suggested Retail Price: $25.00
Topics: Historical background |
Elements of design | Complete identification of mintmarks, assayers and
periods | How cobs were made and used | Treasure Fleets and other
shipwrecks that produced cobs | How to buy and sell, and how to spot
counterfeits | Extensive bibliography | Market values
Awards: The Practical Book of Cobs, 4th edition (20th Anniversary edition), by Daniel Sedwick and Frank Sedwick was given an award for Extraordinary Merit in the Best Specialized Book category by the Numismatic Literary Guild (Annual Writers' Competition 2008). The same award was bestowed on the original edition in 1987.
What is a Cob coin?
By reading The Practical Book of Cobs we understand that "cobs" are the original "treasure coins." Struck and trimmed by hand in the 1500s through 1700s at Spanish mints in Mexico, Peru, and Colombia (among others), silver and gold cobs are handsomely crude, nearly all with a cross as the central feature on one side and either a coat-of-arms (shield) or a tic-tac-toe-like "pillars and waves" on the other side. Silver cobs are known as "reales" and gold cobs are known as "escudos," with two 8 reales (about 27 grams each) equaling one escudo. Some cobs were struck with a date, and most show a mintmark and an initial or monogram for the assayer, the mint official who was responsible for weight and fineness. Size and shape were immaterial, which means that most cobs are far from round or uniform in thickness. Cobs were generally accepted as good currency all around the world, and were the exact coins pirates referred to as "pieces of eight" (8 reales) and "doubloons" (any gold cobs but originally 2 escudos).
Special Orders: Individual books signed by the author are available upon request. Books without the index on coin prices are available in very limited quantities (suitable for jewelers) Limited-edition hardcover books (ideal for book collectors) are available singly for a higher price. (If you want to place an special order please contact us directly by phone)
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