FRASCATIUS ANCIENTS2 BEAUTIFUL COPPER SPANISH PIRATE COBS OF PHILIP III – PHILIP IV FROM THE 16TH – 17TH CENTURY AD.
MINTED IN SPAIN & COLONIAL AMERICA - INDIVIDUALLY STRUCK BY HAND
WITH ORIGINAL "AS-FOUND" DIRT & PATINA
THE COINS IN THE PHOTOS ARE THE EXACT COINS YOU WILL RECEIVE
THE SIZES ARE 23.1 MM AND 2.4 GRAMS & 22.3 MM AND 2.7 GRAMS.
Cobs are the original "treasure coins." Struck and trimmed by hand in the 16th through 18th centuries at Spanish mints in Mexico, Peru, and Colombia (among others). Some cobs were struck with a date, and most show a mintmark and an initial or monogram for the assayer, the mint official who was responsible for weight and fineness. Size and shape were immaterial, which means that most cobs are far from round or uniform in thickness. Cobs were generally accepted as good currency all around the world.
The crude coins, called "cobs" (from the Spanish word cabo), produced were hand-struck, irregularly shaped objects of various denominations in silver, copper, and gold. Weight and fineness were primary considerations in coin production: after the metal was smelted, purified, and alloyed (this last to prevent brittleness), large strips were measured for proper thickness and cut into basic sizes corresponding to their denominations . Further... read more