Gold Cobs from the Florida shipwrecks of the 1715 Fleet & other New World wrecks. Spanish Colonial gold and silver coins from Lima, Mexico, Cuzco, Bogotá, Cartagena, and other mints.






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M89.  Viceroyalty of Nueva Espana, Mexico City 1720/19  oX J eight escudos. Rare post-Fleet issue. The entire population of post-Fleet onzas is about two dozen coins, with many dates such as 1716, 1919, 1721-22, 1724-26 completely unknown. Post-Fleet (1716-32) mintages remained depressed and no shipwrecks have contributed to the surviving populations. Tauler 405.   

In 1714 Mexico City yet again modified the design of its cross sides by adding four daggers-like devices in the outer fields.  What these devices are supposed to represent remains a mystery. By 1720 the dagger-like shapes seen on the galanos of 1714 and 1715 and the regular issues of 1717 had morphed into what looks more like cotton blossoms. 

The question of whether Mexico City continued to favor irregular cob-style planchets in the post-Fleet era is much debated currently. Some irregular cob-shaped escudo planchets do occur after 1715 but increasingly we see initially mostly round planchets put out of round by heavy faceting and edge adjustments. Eight obverse faceting cuts plus some other edge adjustments contribute to the irregular impression here of what likely was prepared as a mostly round planchet. By the final years of the post-Fleet era it is clear that Mexico City has implemented a standard method of preparing round planchet for its gold coinage.



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