Philip II of Spain
From the matrix & coral, a Bahamian shipwreck lying close to the Maravillas,
Mint: Seville, Spain
The so-called New Coinage (Nueva Estampa) of Philip II was undated for its first 20 years. Then, beginning in 1588 at Seville, dated two and four escudos appeared and were issued for the final ten years of Philip’s reign. At the end of the dated series, assayer B struck some of the finest quality gold cobs to come from a Spanish mint in the 16th century. This coin falls toward the end of that final series. Calico & Trigo 71, Cayon 4131 , Fr-169. All full date 16th century Spanish coinage is rare and highly sought after. It is still underpriced in the marketplace.
Preservation: Marine deposits (silts)
including corals on both obverse and reverse
testify to its shipwreck origins and locate it on the Bahamian
shoals. Several older Spanish two escudos were found on the
Maravillas (1656) and, despite obvious differences, were sold in
the 1970's as Bogota coins. A well struck and
problem free coin on a large (22 mm) planchet.
Now available. $2850.
Choice Mint State, lustrous, very well struck. M/7 dies.
Price on request.
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