Gold cobs from the 1715 fleet. Gold cobs from Spain, Mexico, Lima and Colombia. Rare fleet gold cobs. Gold cobs from the Maravillas and Atocha.

 

Gold Cobs, mostly from shipwrecks

 

Gold cobs are the original doubloons, the very treasure sought most by pirates. Struck by hand at the mints of Mexico, Peru and Colombia, and also at mainland Spanish mints like Seville and Toledo, gold cobs denoted extreme value even in their own day and facilitated the movement of vast sums of money across the seas, where inevitably many of them ended up. In fact, the single largest source of gold cobs remains the Spanish 1715 Fleet off the east coast of Florida, which is where many of the cobs you see here were found.

 

 

Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 escudos, (1714), oMJ, Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 escudos, (1714), oMJ, "GRAT" variety, from the 1715 Fleet, mounted in 18K gold pendant-bezel. With old RARCOA tag from the 1970s or 1980s. a111604332001 SOLD

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Lima, Peru

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Lima, Peru, cob 8 escudos, 1730N. VF with contrasting toning in crevices, bold full pillars-and-waves and cross-lions-castles, slightly off-center strike, tiny edge-split, slight smoothing on edge. Lima, Peru, cob 8 escudos, 1730N. VF with contrasting toning in crevices, bold full pillars-and-waves and cross-lions-castles, slightly off-center strike, tiny edge-split, slight smoothing on edge. a031704381001 SOLD

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Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota, Colombia, cob 2 escudos, (173)0S. Restrepo-M80.8; S-B25b; KM-17.2; CT-385. 6.72 grams. Small, thick flan with bold full cross, bottom of 0 of date clear, most of shield with full assayer to right, XF+ or better, possibly from the 1733 Fleet.

Bogota, Colombia, cob 2 escudos, (173)0S. Restrepo-M80.8; S-B25b; KM-17.2; CT-385. 6.75 grams. Small, thick flan with bold full cross, bottom of 0 of date clear, most of shield with full assayer to right, XF+ or better, possibly from the 1733 Fleet.

a041613041001 SOLD

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Spanish Mints

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8 Escudos

 Seville, Spain, 8 escudos, Charles II, assayer M. Typically crude with uneven thickness (hammered flat in places), flat peripheries, but cross and shield both nearly full and no worse than VF for wear. Seville, Spain, 8 escudos, Charles II, assayer M. Typically crude with uneven thickness (hammered flat in places), flat peripheries, but cross and shield both nearly full and no worse than VF for wear. a041720141003 SOLD

4 Escudos

Seville, Spain, 4 escudos, Philip IV, assayer R. Nicely toned XF with bold full shield and crown and cross and denomination, clear mintmark and assayer. Seville, Spain, 4 escudos, Philip IV, assayer R. Nicely toned XF with bold full shield and crown and cross and denomination, clear mintmark and assayer. a041720141009 SOLD

2 Escudos

Seville, Spain, 2 escudos, 1591/0(H). Full, clear date and overdate and cross, nearly full shield, VF with toning in crevices, minor edge damage from mounting. Seville, Spain, 2 escudos, 1591/0(H). Full, clear date and overdate and cross, nearly full shield, VF with toning in crevices, minor edge damage from mounting. a071704428001 $1,475
Seville, Spain, 2 escudos, (1)592B. Full shield with bold assayer, full but off-center cross, VF with small patch of black. Seville, Spain, 2 escudos, (1)592B. Full shield with bold assayer, full but off-center cross, VF with small patch of black. a041720141010 $1,395

1 Escudo (Charles-Joanna)

Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Charles-Joanna, assayer Gothic D to left, mintmark S to right. Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Charles-Joanna, assayer Gothic D to left, mintmark S to right. weight 3.38 grams. XF+ with red sediment around details, full shield and cross, minor flat spots. a011716111001 $1,195

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Other hand-hammered gold coins

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Portugal Lisbon, Portugal, cruzado, Afonso V (1438-81, struck 1457-81), legends ADIVTORIVM  NOM / CRVZATVS  R, dot below cross, encircled cross at top on obverse (unlisted variety), from an unidentified 1400s wreck off Isle of Wight, England. Gomes-unl (Type 34); Fr-9. 3.55 grams. AU with hints of luster, punchmark in center, unlisted legends (for the Portuguese numismatic specialist), one of very few shipwreck coins known from this period. From an unidentified 1400s wreck off Isle of Wight, England, with original certificate from the salvager. Portugal Lisbon, Portugal, cruzado, Afonso V (1438-81, struck 1457-81), legends ADIVTORIVM NOM / CRVZATVS R, dot below cross, encircled cross at top on obverse (unlisted variety), from an unidentified 1400s wreck off Isle of Wight, England. Gomes-unl (Type 34); Fr-9. 3.55 grams. AU with hints of luster, punchmark in center, unlisted legends (for the Portuguese numismatic specialist), one of very few shipwreck coins known from this period. From an unidentified 1400s wreck off Isle of Wight, England, with original certificate from the salvager. b051704191004 SOLD

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