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  • Perfect Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC; 4 edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982081804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982081808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Lasser writes: "Dan Sedwick has produced a fourth edition of "The Practical Book of Cobs". In it he has carefully revised and enlarged assayer descriptions and very importantly for any and all researchers, he explains the rationale for his conclusions. He's added a new section giving a list of fifty five treasure ships and their cargoes and has compressed virtually every important fact known about cobs today into this well structured volume. It is well written -- lucid and logical-- and is a meaningful addition to cob coin literature that should be included in everyone's library. I wish that I could do as good a job as Dan has done." --The E-Sylum: Volume 10, Number 36, September 10, 2007, Article 2

This popular book has been out of print since 1995 and unavailable for a number of years now, so this [fourth] edition should be a most welcome addition to the market! Greatly expanded from the previous edition (more than 100 pages longer!), this 20th Anniversary Edition contains a long new section on the shipwrecks that have yielded cobs over the years, complete with a foldout map and specified bibliographies for each wreck. Also, the assayer section incorporates the latest research information, with specimen photos of most of the assayers (not separated into a photo section as before). The values in the back, of course, have been updated. What has not changed, however, is the appeal to both beginners and advanced collectors alike, as well as dealers and jewelers who work with cobs. The Practical Book of Cobs offers readers a look at the following topics: Historical background / Elements of design / Market values / Extensive bibliography / Complete ID of mint marks, assayers, and period / How cobs were made and used / Treasure Fleets and other shipwrecks that produced cobs / How to buy and sell, and how to spot counterfeits. --PLUS ULTRA NEWSLETTER: ENRADA PUBLICATIONS: October 2007

About the Author

Daniel Frank Sedwick is an specialist in the colonial coinage of Spanish America as well as shipwreck coins and artifacts of all nations. Until early 1996, Daniel Frank Sedwick worked in partnership with the late Dr. Frank Sedwick, who became known as a pioneer in the field of Spanish colonial numismatics with his book The Practical Book of Cobs. The fourth (2007) and third (1995) editions of this well-known book were authored and co-authored by Daniel Frank Sedwick, who is also a contributing editor to The Numismatist (the monthly magazine of the American Numismatic Association) and the author of several articles. Sedwick is a member of the American Numismatic Association and Florida United Numismatists, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) from Duke University.

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All in all, the book is highly recommended for cob and treasure coin collectors.
A. Workman
This latest edition of "The Practical Book of Cobs" is an invaluable reference and guide for collecting "Cob" coins.
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The information presented in this book can be used by collectors of all experience levels.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan B. Sadwin on March 6, 2011
I have each and every edition of the Practical Book of Cobs in my library and am very pleased with the changes and additions made in the 4th Edition. The information presented in this book can be used by collectors of all experience levels. It doesn't matter whether you are just interested in treasure coins and pirate money or if you are a serious student of Spanish Colonial cob coinage. There is information from the basic description of what a cob is to an advanced study of the different legends, shield styles, and cross styles that can be found on cobs. All of this information can help identify a cob, where some information may be incomplete due to the nature of the manufacturing process that made the cob.

Before attending any coin show I try to review this book and am always amazed by how much information it contains. I bring the book with me as a reference when I am trying to decide which cob I will bring home.

The categorization of each mints assayer's has been invaluable to me as I use the sequence number assigned each assayer to track the cobs in my collection. It also helps me when choosing what new additions to purchase as I can hone in on the rarer issues or cobs that that I don't already have an example of. This list has been updated in each edition with new information from ongoing research into the history of Spanish-American mints. The list is also easy to search when you are at a show, so you can make a decision quickly.

The newly expanded guide to shipwrecks also helps when I am selecting cobs for purchase. (In some cases, the only existing examples of a particular cob that are available to the collector may have come from a shipwreck, and if you want that particular style there is no point waiting for another example.)

I highly recommend this book for anybody interested in cob coinage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Workman on March 9, 2011
The Practical Book of Cobs 4th Edition is an indispensable tool and a must-have book for the Spanish Colonial cob enthusiast. While it is written with the beginning cob collector in mind, seasoned cob collectors will find it immensely useful for its current research and attention to details. It covers the specifics of all denominations both gold and silver and of all monarchs, mints and assayers that minted cobs. The section on shipwrecks provides useful information on the history of the wrecks, references for further study and a wreck rarity guide (the availability of cobs from each wreck in auctions and dealers' stock). The book is well illustrated with many photos to aid in identification. It also has a price guide with a range of values based on denomination and rarity. The book is very reasonably priced for the beginning collector and it is the perfect size for continuous reference. All in all, the book is highly recommended for cob and treasure coin collectors.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Barneche on November 9, 2008
The Practical Book of Cobs is now available in an enlarged, illustrated Fourth Edition. This is Sedwick's Twentieth Anniversary Edition of a classic reference work. The new edition is the result of extensive study over more than two decades by father and son, both noted coin experts. The book includes a map that charts 55 shipwrecks around the world that yielded Spanish cob coins.

Since each cob coin is unique and bears so much information, by using Sedwick's book as a guide, a diver or coin owner can identify the period and thus often identify the shipwreck from which it came. A coin from a shipwreck could not have been minted after the ship sank. Information provided in the book is so precise, that even if only partial stamping can be read from a shipwreck coin, it enables identification. For anyone interested in Spanish colonial history, shipwrecks, or coinage The ractical Book of Cobs is a must. It is an interesting read and offers insight into treasure coins from a fascinating period of conquest. The book is an essential guide and referencework for divers and shipwreck enthusiasts, with information that is not readily available or only available after searching many reference works or auction catalogs. Value ranges for cob coins are provided in an appendix.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Coralie K Downing on January 28, 2013
This book covers all the mints, dates, assayers and types of "treasure cobs" from the period starting in 1536 at the Mexico City Mint until the end of cob-type coins minted at Potosí in 1773. In addition it has a section about all the cob-bearing shipwrecks including Atocha, 1715 Fleet, 1733 Fleet, Capitana, Maravillas, Consolacion, Concepcion and many more, with a map and rarity rating for each wreck. You simply cannot collect cobs without this book!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike B on November 30, 2008
This latest edition of "The Practical Book of Cobs" is an invaluable reference and guide for collecting "Cob" coins. I have learned much about these amazingly interesting pieces of history and continue to do so as I re-read this book. Highly recommended!
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