A unique and genuine piece of 4 Reales Mexico mint 1572 - 1773.
This coin was recovered from a shipwreck and has visible signs of sea water corrosion. I have mounted it on black leather cord with two beautiful Tahitian pearls - French Polynesia.
Overall very well preserved, all the details are visible (coat of arms castles and lions)
Pearl quality: Front pearl 11.5mm round AA+ in dark grey tones.
Back pearl 9.3mm, baroque shape. Dark grey color.
Length of the necklace (including coin) approximately, 26 inches (66 cm)
Approximately: 2.5cm wide, 3cm high, and 1 to 2mm thick
Approximately: 1.1 inches wide, 1.4 inches high and 0.05 to 0.1 inches thick.
History of Spanish Treasure coins:
As silver and gold deposits were discovered in the Caribbean, Mexican and South American territories there was a pressing demand to export it to Spain.
As a result, the mints produced irregular coinage called "cobs". The word "Cob" comes from the simplification of the Spanish phrase "cabo de barra" which translates to "from a bar".
A bar of silver was simply cut into chunks of the appropriate weight and hammered between crude dies. After the coins were struck, they were weighed by an assayer who would cut off any excess silver which is why most of the coins have some of the impression cut away.
Due to this method no two coins are alike and many are collected for their unique shapes alone.
The cob coin, like anything that is not longer available, is becoming very scarce and hence more valuable. The few coins that remain are the last vintage of the glory days of pirates and treasure hunting.
These are pieces that started their journey over 500 years ago and whose history can now continue with you!