Please join me in welcoming our newest director of the Fleet Society, Jorge Proctor.
The Society is extremely honored that Jorge has agreed to become a director.
Jorge Proctor was born in Panama City, Republic of Panama, in 1971. After graduating from St. Mary’s School, he was enlisted in the United States Navy in March 1993. Having completed 20 years of military service, he retired in February 2013. Research has always been Jorge’s passion. Happy to spend many hours at the General Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain, as well as many other archives and repositories of historical information located in Latin America, Jorge has produced a steady stream of publications on Spanish numismatics in Latin America. In October 2001 Jorge wrote an article for the magazine of the American Numismatic Association, The Numismatist, entitled “America’s First Official Coinage”, earning an honorable mention as part of the Heath Literary Award. In 2005 Jorge published his first book, “The Forgotten Mint of Colonial Panama: A Look Into the Production of Coins in America During the 16th Century and Panama’s Spanish Royal House for Minting Coins”. This book is the first specialized work dedicated exclusively to the rediscovery of this little known mint established in Panama in 1580 under orders from Spain. In recognition of this academic work, Jorge won two awards in 2006: an Extraordinary Merit Award from the Numismatic Literary Guild and the prestigious Javier Conde Garriga Award in Spain.
The Javier Conde Garriga Award in the field of numismatics has been awarded since 1959, and among its previous winners are renowned names such as Humberto Burzio (1960), Dr. Ernesto Sellschopp (1964), Antonio Barriga Villalba (1970) and Dr. Thomas Bisson (1983).