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Spanish colonial, Colombian coins star in Sedwick’s May 27-29 Treasure Auction

18 May

A wealth of shipwreck gold and silver treasure plus a selection of Colombian numismatic rarities will star on May 27-29 in Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC’s online Treasure, World, U.S. Coin & Paper Money Auction 27.

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Lot 10 – Lima, Peru, gold cob 8 escudos, 1703H, NGC MS 62, ex-1715 Fleet.

As usual for this top auctioneer of Spanish colonial material, Sedwick’s sale features many coins from famous shipwrecks, like the Spanish Plate Fleet of 1715, eleven ships that went down on July 31, 1715 off the east coast of Florida carrying gold and silver coins bound for Spain. Featured from the 1715 Fleet this time is a Lima, Peru, gold cob 8 escudos dated 1703 (lot 10), graded NGC MS 62 and estimated at $20,000 and up. It previously sold as ungraded in the 2003 Tampa sale of seized shipwreck treasure. This coin is so rare that even the State of Florida’s own collection of 1715 Fleet coins is lacking an example.

Attracting further interest is a pair of Seville, Spain, gold cob 2 escudos, one each from the famous wrecks of the Atocha and Santa Margarita, sunk during the same storm in 1622 (lots 45 and 46). The Atocha 2 escudos is dated 1615 with a clear assayer’s initial D and is graded PCGS AU50 while also accompanied by its original Mel Fisher certificate. Its estimate is $10,000 and up. The Santa Margarita 2 escudos is undated but also has the same assayer D and is graded PCGS MS61 with its Mel Fisher’s Treasures, LLC certificate included. Its estimate is $6,000 to $9,000.

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Lot 45 – Seville, Spain, cob 2 escudos, 1615D, PCGS AU50, ex-Atocha (1622)

Although not a coin, a Colombian gold “finger” bar salvaged from the Atocha is a highlight, too. In a way, it acted as a form of money in its time by allowing a large sum of value to be transported from New World gold mines to the Spanish treasury. The long bar in this auction weighs 669 grams and has a marked fineness of 20.75 karats along with ten partial tax stamps of King Philip III. The bar was previously sold as lot 95 during the Christie’s Atocha and Santa Margarita sale of June 1988. Its estimate in the Sedwick auction is $35,000 and up.

One of the finest Colombian coin collections assembled, the Nueva Granada Collection, representing Colombian rarities from the Spanish colonial era through the Republic period will appear in the sale’s World Coins section. A key rarity is the Bogotá, Colombia, pillar 8 reales dated 1770VJ graded PCGS MS65. This coin is the single finest graded in the PCGS census and is finer than any others graded by NGC. Its estimate is $35,000 and up.

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Lot 821 – Bogota, Colombia, pillar 8 reales, Charles III, 1770VJ, very rare, PCGS MS65, finest graded in both censuses, Restrepo Plate Coin (stated on label).

Colombian collectors will also want to watch for the auction’s selection of Colombian bank notes. Most notably, the 1883-issued 10 pesos from the Estado Soberano de Bolívar bank in Cartagena will appear as lot 1341. The note is graded PMG XF 40 and is one of just two examples known today. The estimate is $7,000 and up.

Other highlights in the auction include:

  • Lot 1291, a Mexico gold Cross of Tepeaca – Second Class military decoration from 1821, pedigreed to the J. Coolidge Hills coHills collection and the American Numismatic Society archives. Estimate: $25,000 to $37,500.
  • Lot 60, a large silver ingot from Oruro, Bolivia, 82 pounds 9.92 ounces troy, Class Factor 0.8, from the Atocha (1622) and pedigreed to the Caesar’s Palace Auction of 1987. Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000.
  • Lot 4, a Mexico City, Mexico, gold cob 8 escudos, 1714J, NGC MS 64, from the 1715 Fleet, finest known in the NGC census. Estimate: $15,000 and up.
  • Lot 23, a Lima, Peru, gold cob 8 escudos, 1697/6H, NGC MS 64, from the 1715 Fleet. Estimate: $15,000 and up.
  • Lot 478, a Mexico City, Mexico, silver cob 8 reales Royal, 1727D, NGC VF details / plugged. Estimate: $15,000 and up.
  • Lot 854, a Medellín, Colombia, half peso, 1868, PCGS MS62, finest known in the PCGS census (and unlisted in the NGC census), pedigreed to the Nueva Granada collection and plated in Jorge Emilio Restrepo’s Coins of Colombia (2012). Estimate: $15,000 and up.
  • Lot 790, a Popayán, Colombia, gold bust 8 escudos, Charles III (bust of Ferdinand VI), 1761/0J, NGC MS 62, finest and only example in the NGC census. Estimate: $10,000 and up.
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Lot 1341 – Cartagena, Colombia, Estado Soberano de Bolivar, 10 pesos, 15-4-1883, serial 583, PMG XF 40, finest and only example in the PMG census, very rare.

  • Lot 963, a Quito, Ecuador, gold 4 escudos, 1836FP, NGC MS 61. Estimate: $7,000 to $10,000.
  • Lot 1232, a Seville, Spain, gold double excelente, Ferdinand-Isabel, NGC MS 64. Estimate: $7,000 to $10,000.
  • Lot 1154, a Lahore, British India, nickel original proof rupee, George VI, 1947, PCGS PR63, finest and only example in the PCGS census. Estimate: $3,500 and up.
  • Lot 1048, a Great Britain proof halfcrown, 1746, George II, VICESIMO on edge, PCGS PR63. Estimate: $4,000 to $6,000.
  • Lot 439, a Mexico City, Mexico, silver cob 3 reales, Charles-Joanna, “Early Series,” assayer gothic R, NGC VF details / saltwater damage, from the 1554 Fleet, pedigreed to the Potomac collection. Estimate: $3,500 to $5,000.
  • Lot 793, a Bogota, Colombia, gold bust 8 escudos, Charles III, 1776JJ, PCGS MS64, finest known in both the PCGS and NGC censuses. Estimate: $3,500 to $5,000.
  • Lot 1311, a Continental Currency $2, May 10, 1775, PMG Choice AU 58 EPQ Star, finest known in the PMG census. Estimate: $800 to $1,200.
  • Lot 1355, a Guatemala, Banco Colombiano, 20 pesos, 1901, PMG Fine 12, finest and only example in the PMG census. Estimate: $2,500 to $3,750.

The four sessions will be held May 27-28 live online at auction.sedwickcoins.com. A fifth express session will follow on May 29. Bidders are encouraged to register in advance.

Top treasures to watch for in our May 27-29 auction

28 Apr

We are all leading different lives from those we had just two months ago. In some ways, things have changed greatly for the time being; but in other ways, they’ve stayed the same. One thing that hasn’t changed is our passion for numismatics, and if you’re reading this, no doubt the same applies to you. Our service and integrity also have not changed, nor has our ability to bring you the best selection and variety around, including the following highlights in this sale:

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Lot 10 – Lima, Peru, cob 8 escudos, 1703H, HISPAN variety, rare, NGC MS 62, ex-1715 Fleet (designated on special label), ex-Tampa Sale.

Gold Cobs features a variety of choice Mint State coins from the 1715 Fleet including the very scarce Lima, Peru, 1703H 8 escudos graded NGC MS 62, a date that is missing in the State of Florida collection. We also have an unprecedented pair of Seville, Spain, cob 2 escudos from the Atocha and Santa Margarita shipwrecks graded PCGS AU50 and MS61 respectively.

Shipwreck Ingots boasts yet more treasure from the Atocha in the form of two long gold “finger” bars and three large silver ingots. Our usual wide selection of Shipwreck Coins features many dated silver cobs from the Concepción (lots 169-208) and Capitana (lots 209-243) as well as an assortment of choice pieces from the ever-popular Atocha (lots 77-158) and 1715 Fleet (lots 291-342).

Be sure to check out the Potomac Collection in Mexican Silver Cobs, which contains some key “Early Series” Charles-Joanna assayer-Rincón rarities like an ever-popular 3 reales (lot 439), a 2 reales plated in both Guttag’s and Nesmith’s works (lot 440), and a very choice ½ real (lot 443). A 2 maravedís from this collection (lot 460) is the first of its kind we have offered. Also don’t miss the very rare Royals (galanos): 8 reales 1727D (lot 478) and 2 reales 1715J (lot 491).

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Lot 478 – Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales Royal (galano), 1727D, very rare, NGC VF details / plugged.

The Lima and Potosí Silver Cobs sections are packed with many 8 reales from a fresh collection, including several nice Potosí Royals (galanos), like a 1654E 8 reales discovery piece struck with previously unknown dies (lot 578).

In Other Silver Cobs we feature one of the largest selections of Colombian cobs we have ever had, a key being a very rare billon cob ¼ real of 1622 (lot 662), the first one we have offered. Here you will also find the first coins of the Nueva Granada Collection, an expertly crafted assemblage of the very best Colombian coinage from the Spanish colonial era into the Republic period. This collection continues into the World Coins section where we have such rarities as: the finest known Bogotá 1770VJ pillar 8 reales graded PCGS MS65 (lot 821); a Popayán 1814/3JF bust 8 reales of Ferdinand VII graded PCGS XF40 (lot 823); and the highly sought and finest known Medellín 1868 medio peso graded PCGS MS62 (lot 854); all of which are plated in Jorge Emilio Restrepo’s Coins of Colombia (2012). Also note the 1888 “Cocobola” 50 centavos (lot 874) and several other choice and rare Colombian “half dollars.”

We’re also pleased to offer the second part of the Whittier Collection of Bolivian monetary medals, with proclamation medals from the early Republic through the Melgarejo period. An 1840 medallic gold 1 scudo Velasco issue (lot 736) is of particular importance in the collection.

Our Costa Rica and Guatemala offerings (including Central American Republic) are quite strong with several gold coins and rare silver coins, including countermarked pieces, chiefly the Costa Rica Type I 8 reales circular hole-punch and Carrillo star-marked Potosí, Bolivia, 1831JL 8 soles graded NGC VG 8, c/s VF standard (lot 890). The advanced countermark collector will also want to stick around for a variety of Guatemala Type II and III countermarked 8 reales (lots 1085-1102).

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Lot 821 – Bogota, Colombia, pillar 8 reales, Charles III, 1770VJ, very rare, PCGS MS65, finest graded in both censuses, Restrepo Plate Coin (stated on label).

Other countries of note in World Coins include: Cuba, which features a 1916 gold proof 1 peso graded NGC PF 66 Ultra Cameo (lot 924) plus many gold and silver piefort strikes (some near-unique) graded by NGC and pedigreed to the Isaac Rudman numismatic cabinet; Ecuador, with the Quito-minted 1841MV gold 8 escudos graded NGC XF 45 made popular in part by a vivid description of the coin in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (lot 961) alongside several high-grade escudos like the 1836FP Quito gold 4 escudos graded NGC MS 61 (lot 963), in addition to a strong run of silver; German States, featuring a collection formed in the 1950s and 1960s with such highlights as an 1801 Brunswick-Lüneburg-Calenburg-Hannover taler of George III, who was also the king of Great Britain (lot 1016); and Honduras, with a large assortment of provisional coinage followed by rare Republic proof pattern coins, like a denomination set of 1862 bronze patterns in Mint State graded by NGC (lot 1139).

Indian coin experts will not want to miss the opportunity to acquire some original 1947 British India proofs (lots 1154-1158), notably including a Lahore-mint rupee graded PCGS PR63, one of just two known of an issue that was actually unknown until 2013.

Within Medals and Decorations we offer some important pieces like the Ecuador Battle of Pichincha silver military decoration from 1822 pedigreed to the J. Sanford Saltus collection and the American Numismatic Society archives (lot 1274), a large variety of British Admiral Vernon medals pedigreed to the John Adams collection (lots 1277-1289) including two rare silver Porto Bello examples, and the impressive Mexican gold Cross of Tepeaca from 1821 with original suspension and ribbon pedigreed to the J. Coolidge Hills collection (lot 1291).

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Lot 1311 – United Colonies, Continental Congress, $2, May 10, 1775, serial 45296, PMG Choice AU 58 EPQ Star, finest known in PMG census.

The colonial United States collector should note our U.S. Paper Money section, where we have several high-grade notes like the finest known Continental $2 from May 10, 1775 (CC-2) graded PMG Choice AU 58 EPQ Star (lot 1311). World Paper Money holds many Colombian bank note rarities like the 1819 50 centavos / 4 reales remainder printed during Bolívar’s liberation campaign (lot 1321) as well as the Cartagena Estado Soberano de Bolívar 10 pesos and 1 peso graded PMG XF 40 and AU 53 respectively (lots 1341 and 1342). A significant denomination run of 20, 10, and 5 pesos from Guatemala’s Banco Colombiano in 1901 appear as lots 1355-1357.

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Our Coin Jewelry offerings continue with plenty of ready-to-wear shipwreck and non-wreck coins in mountings. Following that, the Artifacts sections contain lovely items recovered from wrecks like the Atocha and 1715 Fleet (don’t miss lot 1426 for a heavily pedigreed breech block from the Fleet) plus non-wreck objects like militaria, firearms, and fossils.

We wish all of our bidders good luck and good health, and we appreciate your constant support and passion for collecting. Enjoy!

Please visit auction.sedwickcoins.com to get registered, view lots, and place bids.

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Season’s Greetings from all of us at Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC

6 Dec

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As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on
the past year and on those who have helped us shape our business.
We value our relationship with you and look forward to working
with you in the year to come.

We wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a
New Year filled with Peace and Prosperity!
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A medida que la temporada de fiestas está sobre nosotros,
nos encontramos reflexionando sobre el pasado año y en los que
han ayudado a dar forma a nuestro negocio.

Valoramos nuestra relación con usted y esperamos con interés trabajar
juntos en el año por venir.
Le deseamos muy Felices Fiestas y
un Año Nuevo lleno de Paz y Prosperidad!

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We would like to thank bidders and consignors for our past Nov. 1-2 Treasure Auction 26 which was a great  success with prices realized over $2.3 million. And we’re already getting ready for our next one! If you have items for consigning to our Treasure Auction 27 in May 2020, we’ll be accepting consignments in person at the following shows:

January 9 – 12, 2020 FUN Show 2020 65th Annual FUN Convention Orlando, FL
January 17 – 19, 2020 48th New York International Numismatic Convention New York, NY
February 20 – 22, 2020 Long Beach Expo Winter Coin Show Long Beach, CA (walking show)
February 27 – 29, 2020 ANA National Money Show Atlanta, GA

The deadline for getting consignments for our April Auction will be February 29, 2020.

We look forward to seeing you at these shows! In addition you can contact us at any time to arrange shipment of your consignments or schedule and private appointment at our office in Maitland, Florida.

Finally we would like to remind you that we have updated our Online Store and eBay with many new items so please visit them.

Well wishes from all of us at Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC!

Collections drive Sedwick’s Treasure Auction 26

19 Nov

Several important coin collections crossed the auction block during Daniel Frank Sedwick LLC’s Treasure Auction 26. The live floor and online auction, held Nov. 1-2, realized over $2.3 million in coins, medals, and bank notes sold.

The auction began with the John Pullin Collection of dated Mexican gold cob escudos. All of the coins were recovered from various wrecks of the 1715 Fleet, sunk on July 31, 1715 off Florida’s east coast. In just 18 lots, a total of $150,476 was raised. The highest price realized was for lot 7, a cob 4 escudos dated 1715J and graded by NGC as MS 62 that sold for $28,560 on an estimate of $10,000 to $20,000. This result was followed closely by lot 3, a cob 8 escudos dated 1714J and graded NGC MS 60 that saw $21,420 on an estimate of $20,000 and up. This coin boasts a pedigree to the salvors’ Real Eight Company collection as well as being plated in a January 1965 National Geographic article on the 1715 Fleet’s history.

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This 1715J cob 4 escudos, lot 7, from the Pullin collection was also plated in Dr. Frank Sedwick’s Practical Book of Cobs.

An additional $46,809 was garnered by the sale of 66 silver cob reales from Pullin’s collection. Most of the coins were dated, a quality scarcely seen on Mexican cobs for the time period. Many of these coins also hold pedigrees to the 1715 Fleet. The top selling silver lot was lot 322, a Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales dated 1709J that realized $3,332 on an estimate of $350 to $500.

All told, the John Pullin Collection earned $197,285 during Sedwick’s sale. The collector, John Pullin, gave a talk at the auction the day prior to the sale on collecting 1715 Fleet coins and how his collection was assembled. He also personally signed the lot tags for his coins in the sale.

A similar shipwreck coin collection, the Atocha Classics Collection, attracted interest from numismatists and shipwreck enthusiasts alike. The curated group was comprised of 49 lots of high-quality silver cob reales of various denominations recovered from the wreck of the Atocha, sunk in 1622 off Key West, Florida. The collection realized $112,812 after spirited bidding.

The top selling lot was lot 149, a Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales from the reign of Philip II that brought in $7,735 on a $2,000 to $3,000 estimate. The coin was awarded Grade 1, the highest possible grade for Atocha coins, on its special Mel Fisher, Inc. photo-certificate. It was also pedigreed to the Atocha Research Collection and plated in that collection’s 1988 catalog.

The third session of the auction contained the Whittier Collection of Bolivian Monetary Medals that raised $67,110 across 109 lots. The highest selling lot was lot 622, a Potosi, Bolivia, 10 soles dated 1825 commemorating Simon Bolivar’s liberation of Chuquisaca and graded by PCGS as MS64 that sold for $2,975.

A second offering of Whittier Bolivian medals will appear in Sedwick’s April 2020 Treasure Auction.

The sale also hosted the Santander Collection of Colombian Proclamation Medals. The collection, an assemblage of the rarest Colombian medals issued from 1724 to 1825, reached $34,391 across 17 lots. The highest selling lot was lot 1137, a Bogota, Colombia, silver uniface 4 reales-sized die trial dated 1789 that realized $12,495 on a $7,000 to $10,000 estimate.

Aside from numismatic collections in the auction, other top earners include lot 82, a gold “finger” bar weighing 1.325 kilograms recovered from the Atocha that realized $77,350 on a $50,000 and up estimate. An 88 troy pound, 7.04 troy ounce silver bar from the same wreck, lot 92, fetched $44,625 on a $25,000 and up estimate.

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The gold “finger” bar was the primary way of transporting much wealth from the New World to Spain.

The highest valued coin in the auction was lot 942, a Honduras gold 20 pesos dated 1888 and graded NGC AU 58. With an estimated mintage of 30 or fewer pieces and only three survivors known today, heavy bidding was expected. When the hammer dropped, the final sale price was $71,400 on a $40,000 and up estimate.

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This Honduras 20 pesos, lot 942, was most likely struck in a token amount for a political reason rather than for practical circulation use.

Other top lots in the auction include:

  • Lot 85 – Small gold disk weighing 373 grams from the Luz shipwreck (1752), sold for $30,940 on an estimate of $17,500 and up.
  • Lot 42 – Lima, Peru, cob 4 escudos, 1705H, NGC MS 62, finest and only example in NGC census, ex-1715 Fleet, sold for $28,560 on an estimate of $10,000 and up.
  • Lot 407 – Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales Royal (galano), 1715J, NGC XF details / plugged, repaired, sold for $20,230 on an estimate of $15,000 to $22,500.
  • Lot 544 – Panama, cob 1 real, Philip II, assayer oX below denomination I to right, mintmark AP to left, king’s name missing in legend, unique, sold for $20,230 on an estimate of $3,500 and up.
  • Lot 437 – Lima, Peru, cob 8 reales, 1659V (Series II), Royal-die obverse (unique), with Guatemala sun-over-mountains countermark (Type II, 1839) on cross, plate coin in the Standard Catalog, sold for $11,305 on an estimate of $6,000 to $9,000.
  • Lot 534 – Potosi, Bolivia, cob 2 reales Heart, 1685VR, unique, sold for $10,710 on an estimate of $5,000 and up.
  • Lot 1082 – Arequipa, Peru, 1/5 sol, 1885AC, NGC AU 55, finest known, ex-Whittier (stated on label), plated in the Standard Catalog, sold for $10,115 on an estimate of $5,000 and up.
  • Lot 298 – USA (San Francisco Mint), gold $20 coronet Liberty “double eagle,” 1863-S, PCGS AU58 / Brother Jonathan (1865), sold for $8,330 on an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000.

Full prices realized can be viewed at auction.sedwickcoins.com. The company’s next auction will be held April 30, 2020 with a consignment deadline of March 1, 2020. Consignments can be done in person at the FUN Show (Jan. 9-12), New York International (Jan. 17-19), and Long Beach Coin Show (Feb. 20-22) or by email at office@sedwickcoins.com.

Sedwick’s Auction to Feature NGC-graded Coins and PMG-graded Notes

12 Oct

This article shared here was written by NGC.

Among the rarities in the November 2019 sale are NGC-certified coins from the storied 1715 Fleet.

Many rare coins graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® and notes graded by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) are up for bidding in Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC’s World, US Coin and Paper Money Treasure Auction 26. Five sessions will take place November 1-2, 2019, live in Orlando, Florida, and online at auction.sedwickcoins.com, followed by an Internet-only session on November 4.

In addition, NGC, Numismatic Conservation Services™ (NCS®) and PMG will attend the Orlando event to hand out information, explain the companies’ services and benefits, and answer questions. (NGC, NCS and PMG will not accept direct submissions at the show.)

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1888 Honduras Gold 20 Pesos graded NGC AU 58.

The coin with the highest estimate is an 1888 Honduras Gold 20 Pesos graded NGC AU 58. Gold coins from Honduras in the 19th Century are extremely rare, and this one has an estimate of $40,000 to $80,000.

Among the other highlights from the auction, which includes coins pedigreed to the famous 1715 Spanish Fleet that wrecked in a hurricane off the coast of Florida, are:

NGC-graded coins: Session 1 – November 1, 2019

NGC-graded coins: Session 2 and Session 3 – November 1, 2019

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales Royal (galano), 1715J, NGC XF details / plugged, repaired.

PMG-graded notes: Session 4 – November 2, 2019

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Falkland Islands, Pick# A3, 1915 1 Pound, graded PMG Fine 12.

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Gold bars, Honduras coin rarity to appear in Sedwick’s November Treasure Auction

2 Oct

A large variety of gold and silver shipwreck bars as well as numismatic rarities will attract excited bidding during Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC’s Treasure, World, U.S Coin & Paper Money Auction 26. The floor auction will be held on Nov. 1-2, 2019 at the DoubleTree Disney Springs in Orlando, FL and live online.

Ingots from famous wrecks like the “Tumbaga wreck” of ca. 1528 will be found in the sale. The Atocha, sunk in 1622 off Key West, Florida, will be represented by three gold “finger” bars, one of which is a long specimen weighing 1,325 grams and estimated at $50,000 and up that last appeared in the 1987 Caesars Palace auction of Atocha artifacts. A further seven large silver ingots from the Atocha will also be sold, several of which have the same Caesar’s Palace pedigree.

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This gold “finger” bar recovered from the Atocha was used as a means of transporting great wealth and bears several tax stamps indicating that King Philip IV’s share had been paid.

Shipwreck coins will also appear in the auction, many of which were held in collections for many years. The John Pullin collection of dated Mexican cobs is comprised of choice gold escudos and silver reales, most of which are pedigreed to the 1715 Plate Fleet, sunk off the east coast of Florida. The group includes an important gold 8 escudos dated 1714 and graded NGC MS 60 that was salvaged by the Real Eight Company and photographed in a 1965 National Geographic article that made the Fleet’s coins famous.  A similar assembly of coins, the Atocha Classics collection, will feature top-quality silver cobs from that popular wreck.

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A gold cob 8 escudos dated 1714 with assayer’s initial J was previously used as a showpiece for the Real Eight Company’s finds and pictured in a 1965 National Geographic article.

Likewise, another two collections focusing on South American medals will cross the block. The Whittier collection of Bolivian Monetary Medals boasts high grade examples of circulating gold and silver commemoratives from the 1800s, all graded by PCGS. Following that, the Santander collection is composed of rare Colombian proclamation medals and includes a very rare “Gibraltar de America” trial strike (lot 1133) with a pedigree going back to Glendining’s Peltzer sale in 1927.

The highest estimated coin in the sale is lot 942, a Honduras gold 20 pesos dated 1888 and graded NGC AU 58. Based on mint records and opinions from numismatists Henry Christensen and Holland Wallace, probably fewer than 30 examples were struck; only three are known to survive today. It is estimated at $40,000 and up.

Other top lots in the sale include:

  • Lot 2: Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 escudos, 1714J, “GRAT” variety (date on reverse), NGC MS 63, ex-1715 Fleet (designated on special label), ex-Real Eight, ex-John Pullin (stated on label). Estimate: $15,000 and up.
  • Lot 4: Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 escudos, 1715J, NGC MS 63, ex-1715 Fleet (designated on special label), ex-John Pullin (stated on label). Estimate: $12,500 to $20,000.
  • Lot 28: Lima, Peru, cob 8 escudos, 1708H, NGC MS 63, ex-1715 Fleet (designated on label). Estimate: $15,000 and up.
  • Lot 32: Lima, Peru, cob 8 escudos, 1715M, rare, NGC XF 45, ex-Loosdrecht (1719). Estimate: $10,000 to $15,000.
  • Lot 85: Small gold disk, 373 grams, 18K, marked with 48, small double-slash and A/V monogram, ex-Luz (1752), ex-Sotheby’s. Estimate: $17,500 and up.
  • Lot 295: USA (New Orleans Mint), gold $2-1/2 Classic Head, 1839-O, NGC AU 55 / SS New York (1846), housed in promotional “book.” Estimate: $5,000 to $7,500.
  • Lot 298: USA (San Francisco Mint), gold $20 coronet Liberty “double eagle,” 1865-S, PCGS AU58 / Brother Jonathan (1865). Estimate: $8,000 to $12,000.
  • Lot 407: Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales Royal (galano), 1715J, NGC XF details. Estimate: $15,000 and up.
  • Lot 591: Argentina (River Plate Provinces), Potosi mint, 8 reales, 1813J, NGC MS 63+. Estimate: $2,500 to $3,750.
  • Lot 1078: Lima, Peru, gold 8 escudos, 1841MB, extremely rare, NGC XF 45, Calico La Onza Plate Coin. Estimate: $10,000 and up.
  • Lot 1097: Toledo, Spain, gold double excelente, Ferdinand-Isabel, T to left and cross of five dots flanking shield on reverse, NGC MS 63*, finest and only example in NGC census. Estimate: $7,000 to $10,000.
  • Lot 1292: Bogota, Colombia, Banco Prendario, 1 peso, 1881, series A, serial 00855, PMG Choice UNC 64 EPQ. Estimate: $2,500 to $3,750.
  • Lot 1312: Falkland Islands, Government of the Falkland Islands, 1 pound, 3-3-1915, serial B05682, PMG Fine 12, rare. Estimate $4,000 and up.

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  • Lot 1317: Athens, Greece, Bank of Greece, 25 drachmai specimen, no date (1897-1900), PMG VF 30, rare, only known example in PMG census. Estimate: $2,500 and up.

Bidders can register now for the auction at www.auction.sedwickcoins.com; the catalog will be available online beginning Oct. 8. For more details, please contact Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC at office@sedwickcoins.com.

Summer FUN 2019 coin show report

21 Jul

The Summer FUN coin show is one of our favorite coin shows for several reasons. It tends to be an active show that brings in a lot of collectors who appreciate shipwreck, Spanish colonial, and American coins and history. Since this year’s show was held in Orlando, it was also convenient for us to drive down with items we normally wouldn’t be able to bring with. The show ran from July 10 to July 13.

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Augi Garcia-Barneche (left) and Connor Falk (right) have many reasons to celebrate while at the FUN show.

We began on Wednesday with booth setup which went by smooth despite the oppressive heat both outside and inside the convention hall. Early Birds entered the bourse shortly thereafter. We had several good sales within the first few hours.

Thursday proved to be the busiest day with a large amount of foot traffic throughout the morning. We saw several good clients walk away with new additions to their collections. Likewise, some new customers to us were thrilled with their purchases. Many coins such as a spectacular Mexican 8 cob reales from the Concepcion (1641) with a canvas bag corrosion pattern were sold that day.

There were also numerous comments and questions on the 88 troy pound silver bar from the Atocha (1622) that we had on display. It, though not for sale now, proved to be quite an attraction. Look for it in our November 1-2 Treasure Auction 26.

The bourse slowed down a little bit towards the afternoon. This gave us time to replace holes in our cases with other coins as well as make some dealer to dealer sales. We had many numismatic books for sale as well, several of which went off to the libraries of collectors and dealers alike.

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A few items from our inventory as well as consignments for our November auction.

Friday morning was also active as we saw more clients who took the day off to come out to the show. Many more coins were sold and plenty of conversations were had. Although it became quiet in the afternoon, we took advantage of the time to write up some new inventory that came our way. We also processed some new consignments throughout the show. One such item is a gold disk ingot weighing 372 grams from the wreck of the Luz, sunk in 1752 off Montevideo, Uruguay that’ll be a star in the Shipwreck Ingots section of our November sale.

The final day of the show, Saturday, was somewhat active. Plenty of families came out as well as a Boy Scout troop. Several new Venezuelan banknotes were passed out by us to the young numismatists. Some last-minute deals were concluded before we packed everything up for the ride back to the office.

Our thanks go out to the FUN show organizers for creating another well attended show. We also appreciate the work of the show security staff, police officers, and sheriff’s deputies who walked the bourse and kept the event safe.

Our next show is the ANA World’s Fair of Money. It’ll be held Aug. 11-17 in Rosemont, Ill. We’re closing our consignment period for the November auction then, so please contact us now so we can get the paperwork done and the items shipped. For more information, check out our company schedule here.

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