Matt Ruttley writes:
"I've been working with the family of Frank W. Grove, who wrote the standard reference on Mexican Medals - just referred to by auctioneers/slabbers as "Grove" or "Gr".
"Despite being the standard reference, they are really annoyingly inaccessible to the new collector at $850 for a set (if even available at all) as they have been out of print since the 80s. The family have given me permission to republish them so I've put together a new edition of Volume 1; Vols 2, 3, 4 and potentially Tokens book to follow.
"This new edition has updated color photos for all the medals that have sold at auction since the 80s, which is a very substantial amount. Many were previously thought to be lost and just represented by sketches or grainy black and white pics from catalogs.
"The new edition is also paperback and very affordable for new collectors at $35 (compared to at least $150-200 for the hardback original)."
That's great news! Here's the press release.
International Fine Objects presents:
Finally an affordable edition of Grove's Medals of Mexico!
Re-published in paperback after 40 years out of print, with permission of the Grove family:
Volume 1 available now
Covers colonial medals (especially proclamations) of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador
The standard reference used by grading companies and major auction houses
200+ colour images replace grainy black and white photos and sketches
A new tribute obituary to Frank Grove
Available for only $35 including shipping within the USA!
Order by emailing:
Format: 8.5x11, Paperback, 216 pages
Publication date: Dec 28th 2023
Frank Grove's herculean lifetime effort to catalogue the medals of Mexico has stood the test of time, remaining the standard reference for collectors, auctioneers and graders for over 40 years. Medal collecting has surged in popularity, but being out-of-print, his books have become increasingly unobtainable for new collectors. Since the advent of the internet, many previously un-photographed medals have also come to light. Some are so rare that Grove never saw them in person, having to copy hand-drawn sketches from prior works by Medina and Herrera. This new 3rd edition updates the reader with hundreds of high resolution colour images from recent auctions and aims to give new collectors an insight into this wonderful area of Mexican history.
For more information and other publications, see:
International Fine Objects
Wayne Homren, Editor
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