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

 

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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Lima, Peru

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Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota, Colombia, cob 2 escudos, Ferdinand VI, assayer SR to left, PCGS AU58. Bogota, Colombia, cob 2 escudos, Ferdinand VI, assayer SR to left, PCGS AU58. 6.72 grams. Choice full cross-and-tressure, also nice full shield but with 90-degree double strike (same on cross side but neatly matched up with first strike), light toning around details. a041804563001 $1,795

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Spanish Mints

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2 Escudos

1 Escudo (Charles-Joanna)

Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Charles-Joanna, assayer * to right, mintmark S to left. Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Charles-Joanna, assayer * to right, mintmark S to left. 3.37 grams. Broad, thin flan with good full cross and shield, XF with slight wrinkling and scratches, spots of light toning. a041804566003 $975
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. 3.29 grams. Choice full details all over (cross, shield and legends), polished XF+. a011805072004 $975

1 Escudo

Seville, Spain, cob 1 escudo, Philip IV, assayer D below mintmark S to left. Seville, Spain, cob 1 escudo, Philip IV, assayer D below mintmark S to left. 3.27 grams. Choice and well-centered full cross, full but off-center shield with bold assayer and king's ordinal IIII, AU- with light toning. a011813042007 $1,250
Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Philip II, assayer Gothic D to right, mintmark S to left. Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Philip II, assayer Gothic D to right, mintmark S to left diameter 19mm, weight: 3.3 grams. XF with flat spots, full shield, full but off-center cross, small old scratch, nice color. a101716111004e $1275
Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Philip II or III, assayer B below mintmark S to left, Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Philip II, assayer B below mintmark S to left, "OMNIVM" in legend. Diameter 17mm, weight: 3.4 grams. Partially flat shield and cross, bold full S-B, curious OMNIVM in legend asserting that Philip was the king of "everything." AU- with light red toning. a111716111005e $1275

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