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.
Choose Your Layout > Switch to Grid View Switch to List View
Venezuela, proof 5000 Bolivares, 1995, Sucre Bicentennial, encapsulated NGC PF-69 Ultra Cameo.141 - Venezuela, proof 5000 Bolivares, 1995, Sucre Bicentennial, encapsulated NGC PF-69 Ultra Cameo.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Venezuela, proof 5000 Bolivares, 1995, Sucre Bicentennial, encapsulated NGC PF-69 Ultra Cameo. KM-Y73. Just shy of absolute perfection in a Proof coi
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 750.00
Sold for (450.00 + 67.50) x 1 = 517.50
 
Details...Bookmark
World's only gold-bar clump, consisting of approximately 2400 grams in two complete, long ingots fus142 - World's only gold-bar clump, consisting of approximately 2400 grams in two complete, long ingots fus
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
World's only gold-bar clump, consisting of approximately 2400 grams in two complete, long ingots fused together by coral, 20K. 2396 grams, 10-1...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 100,000.00 - 145,000.00
Sold for (97,500.00 + 14,625.00) x 1 = 112,125.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Complete gold "finger" bar #39, 1108 grams, 17K.143 - Complete gold "finger" bar #39, 1108 grams, 17K.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Complete gold "finger" bar #39, 1108 grams, 17K. 10" long, 1" wide. A full, long ingot of relatively lower-fineness gold, with ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 25,000.00 - 35,000.00
Sold for (32,000.00 + 4,800.00) x 1 = 36,800.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Gold "finger" bar #45, 668 grams, 17-1/4K.144 - Gold "finger" bar #45, 668 grams, 17-1/4K.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Gold "finger" bar #45, 668 grams, 17-1/4K. 6" long, 1-1/4" wide. About half an ingot, typically crudely broken to split the val...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 15,000.00 - 20,000.00
Sold for (16,500.00 + 2,475.00) x 1 = 18,975.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Gold "finger" bar #36, 640 grams, 15-1/4K.145 - Gold "finger" bar #36, 640 grams, 15-1/4K.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Gold "finger" bar #36, 640 grams, 15-1/4K. 7" long, 1" wide. A bit more than half an ingot, the break partly chiseled and crude...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 12,000.00 - 18,000.00
Sold for (14,500.00 + 2,175.00) x 1 = 16,675.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Large cut piece of a flat gold nugget, 19.3 grams.146 - Large cut piece of a flat gold nugget, 19.3 grams.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Large cut piece of a flat gold nugget, 19.3 grams. Roughly 1" x 7/8" x 1/4". Irregular lump with white and gray encrustation in crev...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 600.00 - 900.00
Sold for (1,100.00 + 165.00) x 1 = 1,265.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Lumpy gold nugget, 11.2 grams.147 - Lumpy gold nugget, 11.2 grams.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Lumpy gold nugget, 11.2 grams. Roughly 7/8" x 3/8" x 1/4". Very irregular and globular nugget with fine film of whitish encrustation...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 300.00 - 450.00
Sold for (260.00 + 39.00) x 1 = 299.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Small, bulbous gold nugget, 7.9 grams.148 - Small, bulbous gold nugget, 7.9 grams.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Small, bulbous gold nugget, 7.9 grams. About 5/8" x 7/16" x 1/4". A gourd-shaped droplet, very irregular in shape, with patches of w...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 250.00 - 325.00
Sold for (350.00 + 52.50) x 1 = 402.50
 
Details...Bookmark
Small, irregular gold nugget, 7.4 grams.149 - Small, irregular gold nugget, 7.4 grams.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Small, irregular gold nugget, 7.4 grams. About 5/8" x 1/2" x 1/4". Odd-shaped lump with one smooth side and one side bumpy, the form...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 250.00 - 325.00
Sold for (260.00 + 39.00) x 1 = 299.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Wedge cut of a small gold disk, 6.7 grams.150 - Wedge cut of a small gold disk, 6.7 grams.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Wedge cut of a small gold disk, 6.7 grams. About 1/2" radius and 1/4" thick. An approximately one-sixth "pie-cut" wedge from a ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 250.00 - 325.00
Sold for (260.00 + 39.00) x 1 = 299.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Small, irregular gold nugget, 6.6 grams.151 - Small, irregular gold nugget, 6.6 grams.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Small, irregular gold nugget, 6.6 grams. About 5/8" x 5/16" x 3/16". Somewhat bean-shaped lump with rough surfaces harboring bits of...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 250.00 - 325.00
Sold for (192.00 + 28.80) x 1 = 220.80
 
Details...Bookmark
Wedge cut of a small gold disk, 6.6 grams.152 - Wedge cut of a small gold disk, 6.6 grams.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Wedge cut of a small gold disk, 6.6 grams. About 1/2" radius and 3/16" thick. An approximately one-fourth "pie-cut" wedge from ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 250.00 - 325.00
Sold for (325.00 + 48.75) x 1 = 373.75
 
Details...Bookmark
Gold "finger" bar #10, 687 grams, 23.5K, believed to be either contraband-, church- or tax-related s153 - Gold "finger" bar #10, 687 grams, 23.5K, believed to be either contraband-, church- or tax-related s
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Gold "finger" bar #10, 687 grams, 23.5K, believed to be either contraband-, church- or tax-related since it bears no official stamps. 5-1...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 25,000.00 - 35,000.00
Sold for (27,500.00 + 4,125.00) x 1 = 31,625.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Lot of gold flakes and dust, approximately 40.1 grams, in original Sotheby's packaging.154 - Lot of gold flakes and dust, approximately 40.1 grams, in original Sotheby's packaging.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Lot of gold flakes and dust, approximately 40.1 grams, in original Sotheby's packaging. 2" x 2" x 3/4" overall. A generous "...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,750.00
Sold for (2,800.00 + 420.00) x 1 = 3,220.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Pinch of gold dust (1.5 grams), officially encapsulated by Collectors Universe, with wooden presenta155 - Pinch of gold dust (1.5 grams), officially encapsulated by Collectors Universe, with wooden presenta
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Pinch of gold dust (1.5 grams), officially encapsulated by Collectors Universe, with wooden presentation box, certificate and seal. 10" x 4-1/...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 250.00
Sold for (280.00 + 42.00) x 1 = 322.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Gold nugget embedded in a 1-oz. Proof silver medal, officially encapsulated by Global Certification 156 - Gold nugget embedded in a 1-oz. Proof silver medal, officially encapsulated by Global Certification
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Gold nugget embedded in a 1-oz. Proof silver medal, officially encapsulated by Global Certification Services, Inc. 4-1/4" x 2-5/8" overal...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 75.00
Sold for (71.00 + 10.65) x 1 = 81.65
 
Details...Bookmark
Natural 67-gram gold nugget that may be from a wreck.157 - Natural 67-gram gold nugget that may be from a wreck.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Natural 67-gram gold nugget that may be from a wreck. Roughly 1-3/4" x 1" x 1/2". A large, dense rock of gold, just as it was found i...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
Sold for (3,500.00 + 525.00) x 1 = 4,025.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Large "tumbaga" silver disc #M-96, 18.03 lb.158 - Large "tumbaga" silver disc #M-96, 18.03 lb.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Large "tumbaga" silver disc #M-96, 18.03 lb. 8" in diameter and 2" thick in the middle. Massive hemisphere of silver with nearl...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
Sold for (4,100.00 + 615.00) x 1 = 4,715.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Flat, rectangular "tumbaga" silver bar #M-105, 7.92 lb.159 - Flat, rectangular "tumbaga" silver bar #M-105, 7.92 lb.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Flat, rectangular "tumbaga" silver bar #M-105, 7.92 lb. About 12-1/2" x 4" x 1/2". Most of the topside is smooth and featu...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 3,000.00 - 4,500.00
Sold for (4,000.00 + 600.00) x 1 = 4,600.00
 
Details...Bookmark
Large silver bar #757, 86 lb 11.2 oz troy, 2380/2400 fine, Class Factor 0.8.160 - Large silver bar #757, 86 lb 11.2 oz troy, 2380/2400 fine, Class Factor 0.8.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Large silver bar #757, 86 lb 11.2 oz troy, 2380/2400 fine, Class Factor 0.8. 36.5 x 13 x 8.6 cm. Typically bread loaf-shaped ingot with choice markin
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 15,000.00 - 20,000.00
Sold for (17,500.00 + 2,625.00) x 1 = 20,125.00
 
Details...Bookmark