Treasure Auction #7: Daniel F. Sedwick, LLC

Auction Details

- SESSION I (Wednesday, April 7, 2pm EDT) Gold coins, shipwreck ingots and coins. > (Lots #1-699)

- SESSION II (Thursday, April 8, 2pm EDT) Silver cobs, world silver up to Mexico. > (Lots #700-1451)

- SESSION III (Friday, April 9, 2pm EDT) World silver coins starting w/Mexico, artifacts & books. > (Lots #1452-2160)


As usual our latest Treasure Auction is full of surprises, but this time we feel it is also very well balanced across many fields, with more general world coins than ever before. Here are some highlights:

In great deference to the Sedwick patriarch, for the first time ever we are offering selections from the Frank Sedwick study collection of 1715-Fleet gold cobs, including plate coins from past editions of the Practical Book of Cobs and other pieces never seen or offered for sale, coins that the pioneering “Dr. Cobs” kept as the best examples among thousands that passed through his hands. The unique opportunity to own a “Frank Sedwick” specimen will start in this auction with just two 1715-Fleet masterpieces: The finest-known Lima 4 escudos 1711 and one of the best Lima 8 escudos 1712 ever offered.

In the same category of quality as Frank Sedwick’s 1715-Fleet gold cobs is a choice Cuzco cob 2 escudos 1698, a plate coin in Marty Meylach’s classic book Diving to a Flash of Gold.

But perhaps most intriguing in the gold cobs this time is a 1715-Fleet Mexican 1 escudo that was flown aboard Apollo 14 in 1971, the only one of its kind. Before this specially engraved coin came to us, we had no idea that the Apollo astronauts included genuine shipwreck treasure in their “flown” souvenirs on their trips to the moon, but apparently the link between NASA and the Real Eight Co. was more than just geographic. We have come to understand that medallions made of 1715-Fleet silver flown to the moon are very hot with space collectors, who will no doubt go crazy for this genuine coin as well, but perhaps the treasure collectors will win out in the end.

Highlights in shipwreck silver coins include large offerings of lion daalders from the Campen (1627), Potosí cobs from the Consolación (1681) and the Boticaria site of the 1681 Fleet off Panama (first-ever offering, also with some artifacts, with updated history), and hundreds of choice (and some interestingly shaped) 1715-Fleet Mexican cobs from the estate of Karl H. Goodpaster (Real Eight Co. conservator), as well as hundreds of Mexican cobs from the Rooswijk (1739). The Goodpaster collection in particular will be fun to watch, as nothing is hotter today than Fleet silver cobs!

In the non-wreck cobs sections we feature the John Pullin collection of over 150 choice, dated Mexican silver cobs, in addition to Part II of the Mark Bir collection of cobs from Mexico, Lima and Potosi. Also highlighted are the mints of Panama and Santo Domingo, as we feature several Santo Domingo SILVER and copper coins of Charles-Joanna AND Philip II (yes, you read that right) in addition to THREE Panamanian silver cobs (half, 1 and 2 reales), following the record-setting prices for such coins in our last sale. Our Spain-cobs section has an abundance of Ferdinand-Isabel coins in all denominations, including a set once featured in the PLVS VLTRA newsletter. One last surprise: the Louis Hudson collection of zoomorphic cobs. You won’t want to miss it!

The world silver coins section this time is massive, featuring the John Pullin collection of Mexican War for Independence silver coins (just in time for this year’s Bicentennial of Mexican Independence), Mark Bir’s milled Spanish colonial coins (various mints) and a HUGE section on all periods of Venezuelan coins (over 100 coins), in addition to many other Latin American countries.

Before we get to the artifacts, let’s just say there is a wealth of gold and silver (and even copper) shipwreck ingots too, both Spanish and Dutch (VOC), including the world's ONLY gold-bar clump! This museum-piece features twin, complete bars (each over 1 kilogram and 10+” long) fused in near parallel by white coral, just the way they were found on the “Golden Fleece wreck” of ca. 1550.

And then our trademark and exclusive, shipwreck artifacts: This time we will have a genuine bronze astrolabe, the most complete and intact one we have ever handled, fully dated 1656 and well detailed, solid and stable, alidade intact, one of fewer than 80 pieces known and among the best from any wreck. We are also showcasing the famous gold box from the ca.-1810 “Coconut wreck,” the single most important item found in this deep-water salvage venture, as it contained 13 gold coins (a Spanish dowry known as an arras) wrapped in an 1809 newspaper talking about sales of slaves… and yes, the intact newspaper comes with it! There is also a genuine gold chain and massive silver candlestick from the Atocha, emeralds from many different wrecks, swords, flintlocks, and much, much more.

It’s over a million dollars’ worth of treasure all in one place, and any part of it can be yours for the high bid… we wish everyone good luck and happy hunting!

- A note about the order: As the world’s leading purveyors of New World cobs and shipwreck coins, we have always separated and highlighted our cob and shipwreck offerings from the rest of what we sell. We have preserved that arrangement in our auctions as well, with cobs presented in order of establishment of each mint (the rare and unusual mints at the end) and the shipwreck coins, ingots and artifacts presented in chronological order by wreck.

All items are genuine unless noted. Most shipwreck coins and artifacts come with a certificate of authenticity (please check the description for each item). By bidding in this auction you understand and agree to the Terms and Conditions posted here.
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Medellin, Colombia, 2 pesos, 1871, encapsulated ANACS cleaned AU-58 details.61 - Medellin, Colombia, 2 pesos, 1871, encapsulated ANACS cleaned AU-58 details.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Medellin, Colombia, 2 pesos, 1871, encapsulated ANACS cleaned AU-58 details. Sed-34; KM-A154. Nice specimen with rubbed spots just to bottom-left of
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Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold for (95.00 + 14.25) x 1 = 109.25
 
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Medellin, Colombia, 5 pesos, 1929, encapsulated NGC MS-65, scarce grade.62 - Medellin, Colombia, 5 pesos, 1929, encapsulated NGC MS-65, scarce grade.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Medellin, Colombia, 5 pesos, 1929, encapsulated NGC MS-65, scarce grade. Sed-54; KM-204. Lustrous and rosy red, just a few contact marks on neck to k
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Start Price : 375.00 | Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Costa Rica, 1/2 escudo, 1848.63 - Costa Rica, 1/2 escudo, 1848.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Costa Rica, 1/2 escudo, 1848. KM-13.1. 1.4 grams. Plugged Fine but with details still clear, popular issue.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 150.00 - 225.00
Sold for (100.00 + 15.00) x 1 = 115.00
 
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Costa Rica, 2 escudos, 1854GW, struck in 1855 with old obverse die, very rare (3-4 known).64 - Costa Rica, 2 escudos, 1854GW, struck in 1855 with old obverse die, very rare (3-4 known).
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Costa Rica, 2 escudos, 1854GW, struck in 1855 with old obverse die, very rare (3-4 known). KM-99. 6.3 grams. Bold AXF with slightly crude edge (as mad
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,250.00
Sold for (1,508.00 + 226.20) x 1 = 1,734.20
 
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Costa Rica, 2 pesos, 1867GW, rare.65 - Costa Rica, 2 pesos, 1867GW, rare.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Costa Rica, 2 pesos, 1867GW, rare. KM-113. 2.9 grams. VF with die-crack on both sides, slightly crude edge (as made).
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 750.00
Sold for (450.00 + 67.50) x 1 = 517.50
 
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Costa Rica, 2 pesos, 1868GW, encapsulated NGC AU-50.66 - Costa Rica, 2 pesos, 1868GW, encapsulated NGC AU-50.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Costa Rica, 2 pesos, 1868GW, encapsulated NGC AU-50. KM-113. Choice and lustrous, the obverse Mint State but the leaves on the reverse clearly worn (
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 600.00 - 900.00
Sold for (480.00 + 72.00) x 1 = 552.00
 
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Cuba, 10 pesos, 1915.67 - Cuba, 10 pesos, 1915.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Cuba, 10 pesos, 1915. KM-20. 16.7 grams. Mint State, no problems. Minted 1915-1916 Gold content 0.48375 oz. Size 27 mm diameter
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold for (675.00 + 101.25) x 1 = 776.25
 
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Cuba, 10 pesos, 1916.68 - Cuba, 10 pesos, 1916.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Cuba, 10 pesos, 1916. KM-20. 16.7 grams. Mint State, lustrous, minor bagmarks. Minted 1915-1916 Gold content 0.48375 oz. Size 27
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold for (500.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 575.00
 
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Cuba, 5 pesos, 1916.69 - Cuba, 5 pesos, 1916.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Cuba, 5 pesos, 1916. KM-19. 8.4 grams. Lustrous AU with incipient rose toning. Minted 1915-1916 Gold content 0.24187 oz. Size 2
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 450.00
Sold for (275.00 + 41.25) x 1 = 316.25
 
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Cuba, 4 pesos, 1916.70 - Cuba, 4 pesos, 1916.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Cuba, 4 pesos, 1916. KM-18. 6.7 grams. Mint State, lustrous and problem-free. Mintage: 128,760 pieces made. gold .900, diameter 18.8 mm. 6.68 grs.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold for (260.00 + 39.00) x 1 = 299.00
 
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Cuba, 4 pesos, 1916.71 - Cuba, 4 pesos, 1916.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Cuba, 4 pesos, 1916. KM-18. 6.8 grams. Lustrous Mint State with scratch below neck. Mintage: 128,760 pieces made. gold .900, diameter 18.8 mm. 6.6
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold for (220.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 253.00
 
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Cuba, 2 pesos, 1916.72 - Cuba, 2 pesos, 1916.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Cuba, 2 pesos, 1916. KM-17. 3.3 grams. Lustrous XF+, lightly rubbed in center, some light rose toning around letters.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100.00 - 150.00
Sold for (120.00 + 18.00) x 1 = 138.00
 
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Dominican Republic, 30 pesos, 1955, Trujillo anniversary.73 - Dominican Republic, 30 pesos, 1955, Trujillo anniversary.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Dominican Republic, 30 pesos, 1955, Trujillo anniversary. KM-24. 29.6 grams. Lustrous Mint State with minor marks on bust.
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 900.00 - 1,200.00
Sold for (800.00 + 120.00) x 1 = 920.00
 
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London, England, half guinea, George II, 1759, from the HMS Anson (1807), rare provenance.74 - London, England, half guinea, George II, 1759, from the HMS Anson (1807), rare provenance.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
London, England, half guinea, George II, 1759, from the HMS Anson (1807), rare provenance. S-3685. 4.2 grams. Matte AU, just a few trivial marks, firs
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,250.00 - 2,000.00
Sold for (2,050.00 + 307.50) x 1 = 2,357.50
 
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London, England, half guinea, George II, 1759, from the HMS Anson (1807), rare provenance.75 - London, England, half guinea, George II, 1759, from the HMS Anson (1807), rare provenance.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
London, England, half guinea, George II, 1759, from the HMS Anson (1807), rare provenance. S-3685. 4.2 grams. Lustrous AU+, first coin (along with pre
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,250.00 - 2,000.00
Sold for (1,900.00 + 285.00) x 1 = 2,185.00
 
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London, England, sovereign, Victoria, 1861, from the Douro (1882).76 - London, England, sovereign, Victoria, 1861, from the Douro (1882).
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
London, England, sovereign, Victoria, 1861, from the Douro (1882). S-3852D; KM-736.1. 8.0 grams. Typical XF-AU, problem-free. From the Douro, sunk in
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Estimates : 350.00 - 500.00
Sold for (425.00 + 63.75) x 1 = 488.75
 
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London, England, sovereign, Victoria, 1880, from the Douro (1882).77 - London, England, sovereign, Victoria, 1880, from the Douro (1882).
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
London, England, sovereign, Victoria, 1880, from the Douro (1882). S-3856A; KM-752. 8.0 grams. Lustrous AU, no problems. From the Douro, sunk in 1882
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Estimates : 300.00 - 450.00
Sold for (500.00 + 75.00) x 1 = 575.00
 
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London, England, sovereign, Victoria, 1880, from the Douro (1882).78 - London, England, sovereign, Victoria, 1880, from the Douro (1882).
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
London, England, sovereign, Victoria, 1880, from the Douro (1882). S-3856A; KM-752. 8.0 grams. Lustrous AU or thereabouts but with lots of tiny marks.
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Estimates : 300.00 - 450.00
Sold for (450.00 + 67.50) x 1 = 517.50
 
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London, England, sovereign, Edward VII, 1910, from the Egypt (1922), with vintage postcard showing t79 - London, England, sovereign, Edward VII, 1910, from the Egypt (1922), with vintage postcard showing t
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
London, England, sovereign, Edward VII, 1910, from the Egypt (1922), with vintage postcard showing the ship. 8.0 grams. Lustrous and brightly cleaned
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold for (370.00 + 55.50) x 1 = 425.50
 
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Guatemala, gold presentation issue 5 centavos, 1925, extremely rare (only 8 struck, of which 5 are s80 - Guatemala, gold presentation issue 5 centavos, 1925, extremely rare (only 8 struck, of which 5 are s
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Guatemala, gold presentation issue 5 centavos, 1925, extremely rare (only 8 struck, of which 5 are still known). KM-238.1a. 2.2 grams. UNC with minor
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,250.00
Sold for (4,000.00 + 600.00) x 1 = 4,600.00
 
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