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 1 escudo, 1710J, rare,  3.30 grams, choice. Bold full oXMJ, clear 171 of date, full shield and cross, lightly cleaned surfaces. From the 1715 Fleet, with Sedwick photo-certificate. From the 1715 Fleet, with Sedwick photo-certificate.

Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1 escudo, 1710J, rare,  3.30 grams, diameter: 23x21 mm, choice, . Bold full oXMJ, clear 171 of date, full shield and cross, lightly cleaned surfaces. From the 1715 Fleet, with Sedwick photo-certificate.

a111704191001 $SOLD

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Lima, Peru

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Lima, Peru, cob 8 escudos, 1711M, from the 1715 Fleet. S-L28; KM-38.2; CT-22. 26.95 grams. Choice strike, well centered, with bold full pillars-and-waves and cross-lions-castles on a 100% round flan, clearly UNC but with minor marks on edge as from being previously mounted. From the 1715 Fleet.

Lima, Peru, cob 8 escudos, 1711M, from the 1715 Fleet. S-L28; KM-38.2; CT-22. 26.95 grams. Choice strike, well centered, with bold full pillars-and-waves and cross-lions-castles on a 100% round flan, clearly UNC but with minor marks on edge as from being previously mounted. From the 1715 Fleet.

a11281389993 $17,500

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Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota, Colombia, cob 2 escudos, Charles II posthumous (1700-15), no assayer (Arce), from the 1715 Fleet.

Bogota, Colombia, cob 2 escudos, (17)40M. Restrepo-M80.12; S-B26; KM-17.2; CT-396. diameter 18mm, weight 6.77 grams. Bold but crude full cross with bottom half of 40 of date visible, full shield, XF with red toning in crevices.

a111700000047 SOLD

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Spanish Mints

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4 Escudos

Seville, Spain, cob 4 escudos, (16)49, assayer R above mintmark S, rare. Seville, Spain, cob 4 escudos, (16)49, assayer R above mintmark S, rare. Choice full shield with bold dot-RS-dot to left, off-center cross with full 49 of date, AU, attractive butter-yellow color. a081704436002 SOLD 

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, diameter: 22mm, weight: 3.4 grams. Toned XF with slight waviness, full shield and cross. a011716111001 SOLD

1 Escudo

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. a101716111004 $1075
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. XF with much flatness but bold mintmark-assayer and (O)MNIVM, a few light, old scratches. a101716111005 $1075
Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Philip III, assayer not visible. Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Philip III, assayer not visible, diameter 16mm, weight 3.4 grams. Crude XF (rusty dies?), good full cross and shield (but both slightly off-center), bold denomination I and most of king's name. a101716111006 $1075

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