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.

 

 

 

Spanish Mints

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Seville, Spain, cob 2 escudos, 1699/8 M, very rare (unlisted), NGC AU 58, finest and only example in NGC census. Seville, Spain, cob 2 escudos, 1699/8 M, very rare (unlisted), NGC AU 58, finest and only example in NGC census. Cal-unl (Type 154); KM-unl (211 for type). 6.76 grams. Clear date with bold overdate (neither listed for this type in Calico), full shield and nearly full cross (both bold), white and dark-brown encrustation in crevices. NGC #5965264-001. a112104191001 SOLD

Colombia

Bogota, Colombia, cob 4 escudos, 1751, assayer S above denomination 4 to right, mintmark FS to left, NGC AU 55, finest known in NGC census. Bogota, Colombia, cob 4 escudos, 1751, assayer S above denomination 4 to right, mintmark FS to left, NGC AU 55, finest known in NGC census. Restrepo-M96.6; S-B27a; KM-27; Cal-725. 13.45 grams. Full cross (off-center) with bold 175 and bottom part of final 1 of date, full shield with F.S to left and denomination 4 (rotated, possibly punched over an 8) to right, most of king's name FERDINANDVS in legend, with minor flat spots and encrustation in crevices, the finer of just two in the NGC census. NGC #5965225-007. Pedigreed to the Fernandina collection (stated on label). a112104191002 SOLD
Bogota, Colombia, cob 2 escudos, 1735, assayer M to right, NGC MS 63, finest known in NGC census. Bogota, Colombia, cob 2 escudos, 1735, assayer M to right, NGC MS 63, finest known in NGC census. Restrepo-M80.12; S-B26; KM-17.2; Cal-1954. 6.73 grams. Lustrous and sharply detailed, with bold full date outside a choice full cross-and-tressure, the shield also full and bold and complete but with trifle doubling at upper right, horizontal assayer M to right, just inside bold PHIL- of king's name (the ordinal V also visible further along), also much crown, an exceptional specimen for the period. NGC #6272341-002. a082113041003 $5,950

Lima

BLima, Peru, cob 1 escudo, 1738/7/6 N, rare, NGC XF details / plugged. S-L29; KM-unl (35 for type); Cal-Type 197. Very broad flan with full 738/7/6 date below (overdate not noted on label) L-castle-N (traces of black encrustation in crevices), also full cross-and-tressure, all slightly off-center but bold. NGC #4222431-010. BLima, Peru, cob 1 escudo, 1738/7/6 N, rare, NGC XF details / plugged. S-L29; KM-unl (35 for type); Cal-Type 197. Very broad flan with full 738/7/6 date below (overdate not noted on label) L-castle-N (traces of black encrustation in crevices), also full cross-and-tressure, all slightly off-center but bold. NGC #4222431-010. a122104195001e SOLD

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