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The current NI Bulletin is Volume 52 Nos. 7/8 dated July/August 2017.  This NI Bulletin focuses on a landmark work on the Spanish Colonial mint of Santa Fe (de Bogota) and its branch office in Cartagena, both of which are in the Nuevo Reino de Granada (Columbia).  The subject is the billon coinage in the early years of their operation.  The original article is in Spanish, and an English translation is provided in this Bulletin.  This is the opening paragraph of this extensive research:

  • The Billon Coins Struck in the Nuevo Reino de Granada in 1622 and 1626, by Jorge A. Proctor, NI #2732, Translated by Alan Luedeking, NI #2282.   What is billon? Billon is a metal alloy composed of copper mixed with a small amount of high grade silver.  the Greeks began minting coins with this alloy since antiquity, as did the Romans.  In the same manner, the Kingdoms of Castile and Leon minted different denominations of billon coins all throughout the Middle Ages, causing great confusion, until the monetary system was finally reformed by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, under their monetary reforms in the Decree of Medina del Campo on June 13, 1497.

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