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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Spanish Mints

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8 Escudos

4 Escudos

2 Escudos

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. Seville, Spain, cob 2 escudos, Philip III, assayer B. 6.67 grams. Partial shield with clear mintmark, assayer, and king's ordinal plus D G (Dei Gratia), full cross and tressure on reverse. a011904699002 $1,495

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