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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 39, September 24, 2000, Article 4

SPANISH COLONIAL COIN BOOK PUBLISHED 

   As noted by Dave Bowers in the September-October 
   2000 issue of Rare Coin Review (p39), "Spanish Colonial 
   Silver Coins in the Florida Collection" by Alan K. Craig 
   has recently been published by the University Press of 
   Florida. 

   The publisher provides this description, as found at 
   the Barnes & Noble web site (http://www.bn.com): 
   "Alan K. Craig describes the minting and transporting of 
   these unique hand-made coins, a difficult process 
   complicated by intrigue and royal regulations. When new 
   gold and silver coins left the Spanish colonial viceroyalties 
   of Peru and Mexico aboard fleets of galleons headed to 
   Spain, a number of ships sank off the coast of Florida. 

   Counterfeiting was rife at the time, and Craig discusses a 
   variety of mint scandals, especially those perpetrated by 
   the notorious Francisco Gomez da la Rocha.  As both an 
   economic history and a numismatic study, this work will be 
   a resource for historians, archaeologists, coin collectors, 
   and general readers interested in maritime treasure." 

   For more information on the book, see the University of 
   Florida Press web site: http://www.upf.com/fall2000/craig.html 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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