Thursday, February 28, 2013

2/28/13 Report - Coins: First, Biggest, Best

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1794 Silver Dollar
Said to be the Most Valuable Coin
Picture clipped from link cited below.

 I received some email in response to yesterday's post describing a New England sixpence found by a detectorist in a potato field.  Although that coin has been referred to as the most valuable "found" coin, it appears that there is another dug coin that is even more valuable.

 The sixpence might be the most valuable coin dug in the US, but Mitch K. sent a link to an article about an Edward III 1344 Double Leopard, which sold for over $840,000  US.  That coin was dug by a detectorist in England.  There are only three of those known to exist, and two are in the British Museum.

Here is the link if you want to read more about the Double Leopard.

The same article also references an even more valuable coin, which is said to be the world's most expensive, but it was not dug.  That coin is a 1794 Silver Dollar.

Here is the link if you want to learn more about the silver dollar.

Thanks Mitch!

Speaking of the world's most exceptional coins, here is what has been called the "first silver dollar."

First Silver Dollar
1538 8-Reales

(Beverly Hills, CA) - Coin dealer cousins, Ira and Larry Goldberg of Beverly Hills, California, have confirmed the discovery of a centuries' old treasure - a (1538) 8 reales of Spanish rulers Charles and Johanna, the first silver dollar-sized coin minted in the Americas. It is a numismatic missing link, and the first one publicly confirmed.

Although referred to in 16th century Spanish documents, until now researchers had not publicly confirmed or published information about any surviving examples of the coin that links the Old World of Europe and the New World of the Americas. But the Goldbergs have acquired and verified the first one in 464 years.

Here is the link for the rest of that article.

And speaking of the colonial Mexico, if you want to read about the adventures of Cortes in Mexico, here is a complete digital book online containing a lot of interesting detail.;seq=185;view=1up;num=167

Fascinating reading.

I know most of you are history buffs and interested in the Spanish conquest.  You'll love this.  It will keep you busy for a while.

The book also includes a few maps.

I received a lot more email and items of interest but will have to continue with that in the future.

I posted a new poll today and hope you will take time to respond.

On the Treasure Coast is is cooler today.  Another front is moving through.  The wind is from the north/northwest.  That is a good direction for erosion, although I'm not expecting a lot because the surf is only 3 - 4 feet, according to the surfing web sites.  I'll have to get out to take a look to see what is going on.

Low tide this afternoon will be around 4:40 PM.

Happy hunting,