Treasure Auction #7: Daniel F. Sedwick, LLC

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- 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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Necklace consisting of over 100 colored-glass beads, from a late-1500s Spanish colonial site in the 1992 - Necklace consisting of over 100 colored-glass beads, from a late-1500s Spanish colonial site in the
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Necklace consisting of over 100 colored-glass beads, from a late-1500s Spanish colonial site in the Southern Caribbean. 88 grams, about 24" lo...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to frogsongs for (325.00 + 48.75) x 1 = 373.75
 
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Small bronze crucifix from a Caribbean site, 1600s.1993 - Small bronze crucifix from a Caribbean site, 1600s.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Small bronze crucifix from a Caribbean site, 1600s. 3.1 grams, 1-3/4" x 1". A small, flat cross with Christ figure as part of same castin...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 75.00
Sold to FASZHVAC .. for (65.00 + 9.75) x 1 = 74.75
 
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Large silver Christ figure from crucifix, colonial Potosi, ca. 1750.1994 - Large silver Christ figure from crucifix, colonial Potosi, ca. 1750.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Large silver Christ figure from crucifix, colonial Potosi, ca. 1750. 109.0 grams, about 4" long and 3-3/4" wide. Heavy and sturdy Christ ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to truckship1.. for (335.00 + 50.25) x 1 = 385.25
 
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Gold and red-coral rosary/cross from colonial Peru (1700s).1995 - Gold and red-coral rosary/cross from colonial Peru (1700s).
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Gold and red-coral rosary/cross from colonial Peru (1700s). 32.3 grams, 16" long. Very impressive necklace of 66 red-coral beads in two basic ...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
Sold to treasuredude for (1,800.00 + 270.00) x 1 = 2,070.00
 
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Gold filigree and pearl earrings from colonial Peru (1700s).1996 - Gold filigree and pearl earrings from colonial Peru (1700s).
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Gold filigree and pearl earrings from colonial Peru (1700s). 14.6 grams total, each about 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" in diameter. Large and highly ...
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Start Price : 800.00 | Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Gold/emerald pendant, Jewish Catalan (16th-century revival style), late 18th/early19th century.1997 - Gold/emerald pendant, Jewish Catalan (16th-century revival style), late 18th/early19th century.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Gold/emerald pendant, Jewish Catalan (16th-century revival style), late 18th/early19th century. 12.3 grams, about 2-1/8" tall and 1-5/8" ...
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Start Price : 1,900.00 | Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Large, brass nested weight set, rare as fully complete and intact, 1600s-1700s(?).1998 - Large, brass nested weight set, rare as fully complete and intact, 1600s-1700s(?).
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Large, brass nested weight set, rare as fully complete and intact, 1600s-1700s(?). 1227 grams, about 4" tall and 3" in diameter. Beautifu...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 200.00 - 300.00
Sold to seventeen_.. for (375.00 + 56.25) x 1 = 431.25
 
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Small, brass mortar and pestle set from colonial Peru (1600s-1700s).1999 - Small, brass mortar and pestle set from colonial Peru (1600s-1700s).
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Small, brass mortar and pestle set from colonial Peru (1600s-1700s). 1762 grams total, the mortar about 4-3/8" in diameter and 3-1/4" tal...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 50.00 - 75.00
Sold to jrobin9627.. for (325.00 + 48.75) x 1 = 373.75
 
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Leather sailor's palm, ca. 1800.2000 - Leather sailor's palm, ca. 1800.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Leather sailor's palm, ca. 1800. 52.8 grams, 4-5/8" long. A simple leather strap with hole for thumb and iron plate (with many rounded dim...
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Estimates : 35.00 - 50.00
Sold to downwind160 for (110.00 + 16.50) x 1 = 126.50
 
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Earthenware olive jar (pointed) from a Spanish colonial site in the southern Caribbean, probably 1802001 - Earthenware olive jar (pointed) from a Spanish colonial site in the southern Caribbean, probably 180
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Earthenware olive jar (pointed) from a Spanish colonial site in the southern Caribbean, probably 1800s. 5 lb 4 oz, 11-1/2" tall and 7" in...
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Estimates : 150.00 - 225.00
Sold to SoledadySt.. for (220.00 + 33.00) x 1 = 253.00
 
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Large, iron slave shackles, mid-1800s.2002 - Large, iron slave shackles, mid-1800s.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Large, iron slave shackles, mid-1800s. 2235 grams, about 22" long. Rusty and worn, and crudely forged in a pattern of twisted links with curve...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
Sold to LeChameau for (350.00 + 52.50) x 1 = 402.50
 
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Large wooden chest, believed to be from the late 1800s.2003 - Large wooden chest, believed to be from the late 1800s.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Large wooden chest, believed to be from the late 1800s. About 49" long, 23" wide and 26" tall. This solid wooden trunk looks like a ...
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to doubloon .. for (1,900.00 + 285.00) x 1 = 2,185.00
 
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Art McKee's personal brass dive knife, signed and dated 1937 and with a cob soldered on to the handl2004 - Art McKee's personal brass dive knife, signed and dated 1937 and with a cob soldered on to the handl
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Art McKee's personal brass dive knife, signed and dated 1937 and with a cob soldered on to the handle, housed in a very thick, hinged wooden box...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 500.00 - 1,000.00
Sold to tengeralat.. for (4,100.00 + 615.00) x 1 = 4,715.00
 
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Pair of brass pirate bookends, early 20th century.2005 - Pair of brass pirate bookends, early 20th century.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Pair of brass pirate bookends, early 20th century. 7 lb 10 oz total, each about 5-1/2" tall. Each with pirate sitting on a treasure chest, nic...
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Estimates : 35.00 - 50.00
Sold to texasshare.. for (115.00 + 17.25) x 1 = 132.25
 
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Engraved printing stone for government stamps from the Dominican Republic, ca. 1940.2006 - Engraved printing stone for government stamps from the Dominican Republic, ca. 1940.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Engraved printing stone for government stamps from the Dominican Republic, ca. 1940. Nearly 7 lb, 6-1/2" x 5-1/4" x 2". This is the ...
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Start Price : 400.00 | Estimates : 500.00 - 750.00
 
 
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Small, wooden box with French Indo-China wax seals on outside and containing 33 small copper coins f2007 - Small, wooden box with French Indo-China wax seals on outside and containing 33 small copper coins f
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Small, wooden box with French Indo-China wax seals on outside and containing 33 small copper coins from Cambodia, with letter from Mendel Peterson abo
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 75.00 - 110.00
Sold to nocapecia .. for (195.00 + 29.25) x 1 = 224.25
 
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Cup and saucer marked ITALIA, same as used on the Andrea Doria (1956), second-class service.2008 - Cup and saucer marked ITALIA, same as used on the Andrea Doria (1956), second-class service.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Cup and saucer marked ITALIA, same as used on the Andrea Doria (1956), second-class service. 190.7 grams total, the cup about 1-1/2" tall and ...
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Start Price : 75.00 | Estimates : 90.00 - 135.00
 
 
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Modern reproduction iron skull-and-crossbones padlock and key.2009 - Modern reproduction iron skull-and-crossbones padlock and key.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Modern reproduction iron skull-and-crossbones padlock and key. 177 grams, 3-1/4" x 2-1/2" x 1/2". Functioning oval padlock of a desi...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 40.00 - 60.00
Sold to dicklea .. for (50.00 + 7.50) x 1 = 57.50
 
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Scrimshaw of the Concepcion of 1641 by Duke Long (1987), beautifully executed on genuine whale tooth2010 - Scrimshaw of the Concepcion of 1641 by Duke Long (1987), beautifully executed on genuine whale tooth
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Scrimshaw of the Concepcion of 1641 by Duke Long (1987), beautifully executed on genuine whale tooth and signed by the artist, mounted on a wooden sta
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
Sold to bighelm .. for (1,200.00 + 180.00) x 1 = 1,380.00
 
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Large dinosaur tooth (Spinosaurus aegypticus, 115 million years old) from the Sahara Desert.2011 - Large dinosaur tooth (Spinosaurus aegypticus, 115 million years old) from the Sahara Desert.
Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC
Large dinosaur tooth (Spinosaurus aegypticus, 115 million years old) from the Sahara Desert. 37.3 grams, 4" long. A long, pointy, conical toot...
Bidding Has Concluded
Estimates : 30.00 - 50.00
Sold to wrendoe .. for (70.00 + 10.50) x 1 = 80.50
 
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