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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 50, December 10, 2006, Article 7

REVIEW: THE SANTIAGO MINT BY JARA AND LUEDEKING

Carlos Jara writes: "The Santiago Mint book is finally available,
and ready to ship. Here is a review by Adolfo Cayon:

"Carlos Jara's and Alan Luedeking's latest book, "Las primeras
acuņaciones de la Casa de Moneda de Santiago de Chile: 1744-1772"
is published and ready to ship from Miami. This work, a bilingual
book in both Spanish and English, book covers all the early issues
of the Santiago Mint from 1744 to 1772: with the help of previously
unpublished documentation, the authors were able to construct the
previously unknown mintage figures for this period.

"Much historical information is also provided, along with a complete
catalog with pictures and rarity rating for all the coins. It is
printed in luxury glossy paper, with hardcovers, and is 692 pages
long. Price is 200 U$ postpaid (the book weighs about 7 pounds).
Here is a review of this work by noted Spanish numismatist,
Adolfo Cayon:

"Carlos Jara and Alan Luedeking have written, or, better still,
gathered -since their work provides precise information directly
obtained from the original documentary sources related to the
Spanish Colonial Santiago Mint of Chile- an extraordinary book,
a superb work. Being a member of the academic world, I obtain
utmost satisfaction in reading a work of such scientific rigueur
which abounds in data, historical accounts and even anecdotes
related to the studied period.

"If we add to this rigorous scientific and researching methodology
the pure numismatic knowledge of someone who has seen coins (a fact
scandalously absent from the numismatic academic world) in public
and private collections, dealers and conventions from all over the
world, we obtain a result which is extraordinary in its quality and
magnitude, since the work is almost 700 pages long and yet quite
agreeable to read.

"In my opinion, in the field of contemporary and modern coinage,
there has been no comparable book since the superb work of Tomas
Dasi (Estudio de los Reales de a ocho). There is really little to
add, other than to mention that this bilingual work includes
reproductions and transcriptions of all the relevant contemporary
documentation, along with images of every coin studied with its
corresponding rarity rating.

"I sincerely congratulate the authors for their work, the like
of which are so necessary for our numismatic community."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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