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.

 

 

Bogotá, Colombia

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2 Escudos

1 Escudo

Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Charles-Joanna, assayer * to right, mintmark S to left. Broad-flan AU- with full details (good cross), slight wrinkle. Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Charles-Joanna, assayer * to right, mintmark S to left. Broad-flan AU- with full details (good cross), slight wrinkle. a031908181002 $975
Seville, Spain, cob 1 escudo, Philip III, assayer uncertain (A?, Upside-down V?), NGC AU 53. 3.37 grams. Fairly broad flan but with angular-cut edges and rusty-die cross, hence style of Philip III (also clear inescutcheon of Portugal in upper half of shield), also clearly Seville style, but assayer to left of full shield almost certainly an A (or perhaps an upside-down V), which is unlisted for this mint. NGC #4474933-011. Seville, Spain, cob 1 escudo, Philip III, assayer uncertain (A?, Upside-down V?), NGC AU 53. 3.37 grams. Fairly broad flan but with angular-cut edges and rusty-die cross, hence style of Philip III (also clear inescutcheon of Portugal in upper half of shield), also clearly Seville style, but assayer to left of full shield almost certainly an A (or perhaps an upside-down V), which is unlisted for this mint. NGC #4474933-011. a111804191032 $895

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