By Cori Sedwick Downing – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……
We’re busy getting ready for our next auction May 18-19, which is quite a production! First we collect consignments, then we assign lot numbers to each auction lot, and then we photograph everything. While that’s going on, Dan writes a detailed description about each lot. After layout is complete, catalogs are ordered and voila, the fun really begins.
Speaking of consignments, we are very proud and pleased that two important collectors, Tom Gray and Dave Horner, are allowing us to auction all or some parts of their collections for them. The coins from Dave Horner’s collection (Dave is a well-known treasure hunter and writer) include 1715 Fleet gold cobs and shipwreck coins from the San Martin, the Capitana, the Maravillas, and the Jupiter Wreck.
Tom Gray’s collection, which was previously exhibited as “Treasures of the Deep: Galleons, Storms and Archeology,” last year at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) museum in Colorado Springs, concentrates on shipwreck coins and ingots. As a result, our shipwreck coin section features some shipwrecks that you don’t normally see (and many that you do).
There are over 50 shipwrecks represented, from ancient Egyptian galley wrecks to SS Crescent City, which sank off Cork, Ireland in 1871. In between there are 16 lots from the previously mentioned San Martin, which at the time of its salvage was the earliest documented shipwreck ever salvaged off the east coast of Florida.
We have coins from famous shipwrecks like the Vergulde Draeck (which sank in 1656 off Western Australia and whose coins must be accompanied by the original Western Australian Museum certificate) and the Whydah (a true pirate ship that sank in 1717 off Cape Cod and whose coins are almost all housed at the Whydah Pirate Museum in Provincetown, MA).
Also extremely rare are coins we will auction from such wrecks as the Aguila Volante, which sank in 1701 off Punta Santa Elena, Ecuador; the Wendela, which sank in 1737 off the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland; the Colossus, which sank in 1798 off the Scilly Isles, southwest of England; and the aforementioned Crescent City.
So, if you’re a collector of shipwreck coins, this is the auction for you!
Next time, I’ll highlight more tidbits from our auction and we’ll be that much closer to catalog publication and online viewing. Back to work now!
SS Central America Coins Currently Available on eBay