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Sedwick Treasure Auction Closing Tomorrow
May 28, 2008

Daniel Frank Sedwick Treasure Auction

Earlier this month I had a string of postings regarding Mariner's Astrolabes and shipwreck coins. Somewhere in there I mentioned the rare auction appearance of a Mariner's Astrolabe in the Daniel Frank Sedwick Treasure Auction #3, which is closing tomorrow.

This sale also contains some very impressive sea salvaged coins. In fact, there are about 900 coins in this auction, all cataloged with great care and super detail. Dan really knows his stuff, as did his father before him. If you are thinking that treasure coins might be a fun area to begin collecting, this sale would be a prime opportuntiy for you to get started. There are many inexpensive lots up for sale, as well as some prime examples at reasonable estimates.

For the advanced collector of treasure coins and sea salvaged artifacts, this sale offers some exceptional pieces, such as the rare 1621A 8 Reales of Cartagena, Colombia cataloged as lot 121. Up until a few years ago it was generally thought that 1622 was the first date for 8 Reales from Colombia, but careful die comparisons proved the existance of at least three earlier partial date examples with distinct die characteristics. This piece offers the first auction appearance of a Cartagena 1621A 8 Reales and a great opportunity for some lucky specialist to add a an exceptional rarity to their collection.

The Sedwick Treasure Auction #3 also offers a wide array of artifacts recovered from shipwrecks around the world. The Mariner's Astrolabe is an oustanding highlight of this sale, but there are many other items covering all areas of interest and most collector budgets. Certainly there are some wonderful glass bottles, jewelry, utensils, pewter plates, stirrups, rapiers, armor, manillas, apothecary tools, ceramic items, iron hand grenades, Chinese porcelain and more.

One standout to me was lot 1095, a boldly VOC marked Dutch East Company apothecary bottle estimated between $600 and $900. It will make a lovely addition to any collection of crockware, bottles or apothecary items. But of course, I am hoping that some sharp collector of Dutch East India coinage, VOC duits and such, will snap this related piece up.

Treasure Auction #3 will close tomorrow, May 29th at 5:00pm EDT. Check out this sale online at and place your bids via email at

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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