Friday, October 30, 2015

10/30/15 Report - Sedwick Coins Auction Items. Polishing Found Jewelry. Viking Treasure Found On Danish Island.

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Some Of The Artifacts Auctioned By Sedwick Coins In Orlando..

Tuesday I stopped at the Hilton Doubldtree in Orlando to inspect some of the items that were going to be auctioned by Sedwick Coins.  Frank Sedwick brought out those that I most wanted to see.

Larger artifacts were out on a table, but coins and other small items were carefully stored, as you would expect.  I don't know how he keeps track of so many valuable items.  That job would make me a little nervous, but Frank is obviously very used to it.  One of the ladies working the tables grew up in Fort Pierce and was a graduate of Fort Pierce Central.

I took a look at some of the heart-shaped cobs.  They were in  excellent condition.  They  showed very little wear of any kind.  That isn't totally surprising since it is believed they were apparently made for some special purpose other than circulation as coinage.   Most of the heart-shaped cobs are "holed," but not all.

One that I carefully inspected had two holes - one at the top and one at the bottom.  The holes were very carefully made.  One hole was amazingly close to the edge of the coin.  Just a smidgen off and the hole would have been something other than a hole.  It was apparent that those cobs were made with great care.  I could see how anyone could easily get into collecting such interesting pieces.

Another item I studied was the crucifix with attached coins.  I posted a a picture of that item and made a few comments about it in a previous post.

It was a good opportunity to inspect a variety of unique items, and, as always, Frank and Augie were very accommodating.

Some of you probably watched the online bidding yesterday.  One of the highest priced items was a  gold bar that sold for over $100,000.  It was lot number 234.  Below is the item description.

Long, complete gold bar #2, 2307 grams, marked with fineness XXI (21K) and foundry/assayer SARGOSA / PECARTA, from the Santa Margarita (1622). 11-1/2" x 1" x 3/4". Impressively complete and neatly cast ingot with lots of markings, including four finenesses, seven circular tax stamps and one foundry/assayer, central depression from casting shrinkage, small cylindrical assayer's "bite" at one end, "2" stamped on bottom by salvagers. From the Santa Margarita (1622), with Fisher photo-certificate #2-M-80.


The other day I showed a Hermes silver ring found by Robert H.  He used a Dremel and jewelers rouge to give it a good cleaning.

Here is a picture of the ring that shows how nice it looked after being polished.

Ring Found By Robert H. After Cleaned Up.

The following link will take you to a web site that provides a table that shows the polishing compound to use on a wide variety of metals including gold, silver, copper and many more.

That ring now looks great Robert.  Thanks for sharing.


An amateur archaeologist took his metal detector on a business trip and ended up finding a rare cache of Viking coins on a Danish island.

Here is the link for more on that story.

I want to thank all of the amateur archaeologists who make and properly report important finds.


We recently had a Super Moon and some nice high tides.  The surf will be around three feet for the next few days.

Happy hunting,