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, cob 2 escudos, Ferdinand VI, assayer SR to left, PCGS AU58. Lima, Peru, cob 8 escudos, 1741V, PCGS VF30. 26.9 grams. Full pillars and cross-lions-castles but with central weakness on both sides, some legend, good centering and minimal doubling. PCGS #34070626. a061804584001 $6,950

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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, Philip V, assayer not visible. Restrepo-M80; KM-17.2. 6.75 grams. Technically full cross and shield but rather crude flan and strike, AU-, style of 1730s-40s. a011813042006 $1,375
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

Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Philip II, assayer Gothic D to right, mintmark S to left. Seville, Spain, cob 2 escudos, Philip III, assayer not visible. 6.71 grams. Nice full cross, incomplete shield, flat peripheries with tiny edge-split, AXF. a061804596002 $1,195

1 Escudo (Charles-Joanna)

Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Philip II, assayer Gothic D to right, mintmark S to left. Seville, Spain, 1 escudo, Charles-Joanna, assayer Gothic D to left, mintmark S to right. 3.35 grams. Broad, thin flan with full cross and shield, partial legends, XF with some minor marks, tooled beading around edges. a051808141001 $875

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. a101716111004e $1,275
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. 3.29 grams. Broad flan (possibly very lightly shaved), full interior design and some legend, XF with minor flat spots, bright yellow color. a061804596001 $995
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 $1,275

     

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