Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins – The Early Spanish-American Mints and Their Coinages, 1536-1773 By: Sewall Menzel
Tough to Find Numismatic Reference Book: “Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins” by: Sewall Menzel
Item #CC-0180 | Out of Print and Very Tough to Find Numismatic Reference Book: “Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins” by: Sewall Menzel
Description: This out of print book is touted as the must-have reference guide for anyone who collects Spanish Colonial cobs and treasure coins. You will have a tough time even finding a used copy and this one is BRAND NEW and is still sealed in its original shrink wrap packaging.
For around 250 years the mints in the Spanish Colonial territories churned out millions of hand struck silver and gold cob-style coins, many of which were lost on sunken treasure galleons such as the Atocha, Concepción, San José, and the eleven vessels of the 1715 fleet. The mints that produced these coins located in Mexico and Potosi in Bolivia became known as the financial ‘pillars of the empire’ and enabled Spain to finance and engage in seemingly endless wars of conquest and plunder.
In this comprehensive reference guide, Author Sewall Menzel discusses the history of the Spanish mints of Mexico, Santo Domingo, Peru, Potosi, Panama, Santa Fe de Nuevo Reino (Bogota), Cartagena, Cuzco, Guatemala and Cuba and their respective coinages. Through the use of some two thousand photos and diagrams the coins are identified by mint, king, denomination, mint assayer and type. This book is considered the cob collector’s bible and if you collect Spanish Colonial coins, you need to have this book.
Copies of this book recently sold on Amazon for almost $3,000 so this book is highly sought after!