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Last Update: March 25, 2015                                                                  en Espanol     


Welcome to A listing of our current inventory is HERE.   Those of you especially interested in gold and silver cobs recovered from the 1715 Fleet might enjoy the cover article we've done for the January 2015 issue of the Numismatist. Our study of the varieties of the 1714 Mexican onza is also recently published in the Journal of US Mexican Numismatic Association. Copies of both available at our cost while they last. A dozen or so additional research papers on the Mexican and Lima gold cob coinage are HERE. These are draft chapters from our forthcoming (now serialized) THE GOLD COBS OF MEXICO (1679-1732) and its companion study GOLD COBS OF EL PERU (1696-1751). We hope some of you enjoyed a wonderful exhibit of 1715 Fleet coins and artifacts from the Florida State Collection at the January 8-10 Fun Show in Orlando. We were a co-sponsor of this event through our non-profit 1715 Fleet Society.


New later this winter we hope to offer some mint state Fleet Lima 8 escudos from the first decade or so (1700-1711) of Phlip V's reign era. Rarities all! Please inquire, as these are not  yet listed. 


If gold cobs, shipwreck or otherwise, are not to your liking, we also offer some fine cob and portrait eight reales.  This month's selection from a research collection offers some very rare 1620's Cartagena reales (soon to have the benefit of a new study by Proctor and Blanton)(. 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.


            or or 480-595-1293

Recently sold: this spectacular Lima 1712 Fleet set (8, 4, 2, & 1 escudos). The key to Fleet-era (1696-1714) gold sets, as many of you know, is the always rare four escudos or "media onza." Here is another wonderful Lima set just sold, a complete set of 1710 escudos from the 1715 Fleet or or 480-595-1293. 



1. GOLD COBS from the New World (1680-1756): 


We try to maintain a good selection of Lima gold cobs, mostly from the 1715 Fleet, but also from Nuestra Senora de la Luz. The full list is here. The 1713 onza pictured above sold recently.



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. Many mysteries remain, such as why the biggest 4 escudos issue in the history of the Lima mint occurred in the last months of 1750. One Luz Lima is here, but others are not yet listed. Please inquire. or 480-595-1293.




      Rare Colombian gold cobs from the Cartagena mint like this 1633 CE are here. or or 480-595-1293. 




           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. or or 480-595-1293. 



  2.  PORTRAIT  SPANISH COLONIAL 8 and 4 ESCUDOS (1732-1824)


    Our Portrait 8 and 4 escudos are here .




This 1797 8 escudos from Santa Fe de Bogota is the highest graded Carlos IV onza known to either grading service. SOLD or 480-595-1293. 




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. or or 480-595-1293. 





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.






     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 or or 480-595-1293






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