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Cant Figure Out What This Is! (Id: Spanish Colonial Cob)

 
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 Posted 05/24/2020  10:26 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add pennyforurthots to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
can anyone help me identify this coin? I found it in my grandpas collection. thanks!
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 Posted 05/24/2020  11:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pennyforurthots to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
thank you J Buck!
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 Posted 05/24/2020  11:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Gincoin43 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's some denomination of Spanish real. Both sides and probably a weight and diameter will be need to be more specific.
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 Posted 05/26/2020  11:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add RogerRamjet to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Gincoin43 is correct. That is a Spanish Colonial cob. Here's a pretty good description of them... https://coins.nd.edu/ColCoin/ColCoi...s.intro.html The weight and a photo of the other side would help identify which one. Very cool coin.
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 Posted 05/27/2020  9:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pennyforurthots to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hey guys, thanks for taking a look, really appreciate it. I am going to measure it and take a look through some Spanish real pictures. I'll let you know what I find. Great eye.
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 Posted 05/28/2020  02:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add realeswatcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Heh... "thots".

The piece is a Mexico City mint... 1630s-early 1650s by the style. This "cob" style coin is either an 8 Reales or a 4 Reales - from the look of the shield, I *think* 8, but size/weight would confirm.

Note that authenticity always has to be scrutinized for Spanish Colonial pieces like this, as there are a LOT of replicas and fakes. From a distance, this piece looks like a genuine, shipwreck-salvaged example. Being Mexico of that time frame, decent chance it came from the Concepcion shipwreck. However, that's just an educated guess - no way to prove that.

You scored a lot better from Grammy on this one than with the plated wheatie!
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05/28/2020 02:25 am
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