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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 8, February 19, 2006, Article 5

JORGE PROCTOR'S COLONIAL PANAMA MINT BOOK WINS AWARD

The Spanish Numismatic Association has given the 2005 Javier
Conde Garriga Numismatic Award to Jorge A. Proctor for his
recent book, "The Forgotten Mint of Colonial Panama".   The
book is about coin production in the Americas during the 16th
century with a special focus on the mint that was established
in the city of Panama, under orders from Spain, in the year 1580.

This numismatic award has been given since 1959 and among its
previous winners are such renowned names as: Humberto F. Burzio
(1960), Dr. Ernesto A. Sellschopp (1964), A. M. Barriga Villalba
(1970), Dr. Thomas N. Bisson (1983), and many others.  The award
presentation will be held in Barcelona, Spain, on March 18.
There is a review of the book on the Enrada Publications web site:

"Not since Pradeau and Nesmith wrote their books on the Mexico
mint, and not since Sellschopp, Paoletti, and others published
their works focused on the key mints in colonial Peru, has a book
about a specific mint been so comprehensively and meticulously
constructed as this one.

Its author, Jorge A. Proctor, doggedly searched the national
archives in Seville for the long-lost details of the primitive
workings and output of the minting house which operated in his
native Panamá in the 1580s. His research included studying and
documenting each of the 40-some known surviving specimens of
coinage from this early effort — many “in person” and some by
photographic representation. This was a Herculean task, taking
up much of his available time and dedication for several years."

To read the complete review, see this page (scroll down): Full Story

The 329-page hardbound book is in English, with a very limited
print run of 150 copies.  It is only available through Daniel
Sedwick of Florida.  See his web site at: sedwickcoins.com

[Congratulations to the author on his well-deserved award, as
well as for all his painstaking research in writing the book.
At just $135, the book is a bargain and I'm sure sales couldn't
begin to compensate him for the time and expense involved in
his research.  Such devoted researchers are a blessing to our
hobby, and their contributions will be felt for generations to
come through their books.  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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