Shipwreck US gold
Last update: March 7, 2014 en Espanol
Welcome to Goldcobs.com A complete listing of our current inventory is HERE. For those of you who might be interested, a dozen or so new research papers on the Mexican and Lima gold coinage are HERE. These papers are draft chapters from our forthcoming THE GOLD COBS OF MEXICO (1679-1732) and the companion study GOLD COBS OF EL PERU (1696-1751).
We are finishing an study of Nuestra Senora de La Luz (1752) and her golden treasure. Courtesy of the Luz, new light has been thrown on the turbulent last years of the Lima cob coinage. In 1749 Lima was forced to re-design its gold coinage, creating some very curious varieties in the process. It is now beyond doubt that Lima had to deal with some sort of crisis in its gold coinage in the late 1740's and continued to strike cob four and eight escudos, dated 1750, at least until the end of 1751.
For those of you interested in the earliest days of Cortes' conquest of Mexico, we still have a few Los Mimbres (1527) dorada plata ingots here. Before all these Los Mimbres bars are absorbed into public collections or become prohibitively expensive--a 3 lb bar recently auctioned for $8300--you might want to consider these amazing survivors of Cortes' conquest of Mexico.
If gold cobs, shipwreck or otherwise, are not to your liking, we try to offer some fine cob and portrait 8 reales. This month's selection from a research collection offers some very rare early Cartagena reales. Please visit our Master List page for links to several choice mint state, mostly prooflike Mexico and Potosi 8 reales. The Aymara Hoard pieces are exceptional. We also continue to try to acquire choice shipwreck US gold & silver from the SS Republic, SS New York, and SS Central America. A gem 1857 S from the SSCA was recently added as well as a 1857 S double eagle very rare from the SS Republic.
We at Gold Cobs want to educate you about the coins that you are interested it. We will show you the best photos our modest photographic skills permit and give you in-depth, comprehensive descriptions of the coins and their history. Take your time and feel free to ask questions. Explore our site. Whether you are an advanced collector hunting rarities, or someone just beginning to plan his collection, there are some things here that we hope will interest you.
1. GOLD COBS from the New World (1680-1756):
Our Mexico 8 escudos are here, most from the 1715 Fleet. This remarkable MS64 Fleet 1714 onza is the highest graded Mexican onza for 1714 or any other date [sold].
The discovery 20 years ago of the wreck of Nuestra Senora de la Luz has revolutionized our understanding of the last years of cob coinage at Lima. Previously uncollectible issues like the 1750 onza and media onza are now available if rare. Mysteries remain, such as why the biggest 4 escudos issue in the history of the Lima mint occurred in the last month of 1750. Some of our Luz Limas are here and here, (sold) but others are not yet listed. Please inquire. firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 480-595-1293.
Rare Colombian gold cobs from the Cartagena mint like this 1633 CE are here.
A dozen years before Mexico City opened its first mint Cortes and his Conquistadors were melting Conquest treasure and casting it into crude ingots at make-shift field foundries. All of these ingots were recalled in the late 1520's and none were thought to have survived--until a wreck was discovered on the Los Mimbres shoals, a wreck of a ship that had sailed from Mexico in 1527-28. About 160 "golden silver" (dorada plata) ingots were recovered from the Los Mimbres wreck. Pictured above are the markings on one of these bars (M36), which tell us this bar was cast in Tarascan Michoacan, Mexico, in 1523-24 by one of Cortes' trusted veedors, Bernardino Vazquez de Tapia (Bvo). More of the story and some ingots for sale here.
2. PORTRAIT SPANISH COLONIAL 8 and 4 ESCUDOS (1732-1824)
Our Portrait 8 and 4 escudos are here .
This deep cameo-prooflike onza is one of the most attractive Mexico eight escudos I have seen. It pedigrees to the 1985 Norweb sale in Dallas where I was an unhappy underbidder. It resembles a piece of modern proof gold, yet it was a production strike at Mexico City 205 years ago. SOLD.
3. COB & PORTRAIT 8 REALES
This spectacular deep prooflike Mexican 8 reales was the best Charles III eight reales that the money-is-no-object Millennia Collection (lot 1098) could locate. At auction it beat its estimate by more than three times. Available here.
4. GOLD AND SILVER COINS FROM US SHIPWRECKS
We try to maintain an inventory here of choice US gold & silver from the SS Central
America, SS Republic, SS New York, and SS Brother Jonathon. Most pieces sell
immediately to want lists. Please email or call us with your want list.
This 1843 New Orleans eagle from the SS New York, the second best found on the wreck.
NGC AU 55 (most US gold from this wreck slabbed only as "Shipwreck Effect"). SOLD
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