We are specialists in Peruvian, Mexican, and Colombian gold from the Florida shipwrecks of the 1715 Fleet. We offer Spanish Colonial gold & silver from Mexico City, Lima, Cuzco, Potosi, Bogotá,  Cartagena, and Santiago de Chile. Oro & plata corriente when available.

Master List

(current inventory)

Some Highlights:


Lima 1750 4 escudos

finest known, ex Luz 

Lima 1719 1E finest 


Mexico 1713 MS 64


Atocha gold bars

(research topic)



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    Last  Update:  May, 2024                          


Welcome to Goldcobs.com.  Our current inventory is here.  Launched in late 2019 for those of you who prefer to navigate Gold Cobs on mobile devices, we are offering a companion Word press website www.goldcobs2.com which reproduces much of the content on this, our current html site, plus some new research. New this year, several mint state Lima, Cuzco, & Mexico escudos with 1715 Fleet provenance. From Mexico, a selection of Fleet 1711-15 escudos displaying the novel Altamira reverse designs.  Besides Fleet dates, for example, this one-known 1737/6 one escudo here, shows we continue to explore the unstudied and extremely rare gold cob issues of Philip V's second reign.  Our study of the degraded Mexican silver D coinage of 1724-27 and the final years of the gold cob coinage will appear shortly.

Many thanks to those who attended our third conference on the 1715 Fleet at Vero Beach in October of 2019. Our second conference on the Fleet  was held at St. Augustine on March 16-18, 2017.  This year 2024 we are back in Vero, January 8-11. Call for details. We spoke on the 1711-12 Mexican gold coinage at the last US Mexican American Numismatic Conference in Scottsdale. Video should soon be available. We will regularly  attend the annual October USMEX conference in Scottsdale. Please join us in October if you can. Now available on our historical site, www.1715fleetsociety.com, 1500 high-quality images from the magnificent Florida State Gold Cob Collection. Enjoy!

Those of you interested in gold and silver cobs recovered from the 1715 Fleet might enjoy the cover article we did for the January 2015 issue of the Numismatist. Our study of the varieties of the 1714 Mexican onza is recently published in the Journal of US Mexican Numismatic Association, and now here https://goldcobs2.com/six-varieties-of-the-1714-mexico-city-8-escudos/  where our study of the Mexican gold coinage of 1700-1713 is also forthcoming.

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

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Sold a few years ago: 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. Anyone interested in a date set of Mexico 1712 Fleet escudos? Only two dated 1712 Mexican onzas are known. Please be in touch.

 terravitan@aol.com or 480-595-1293. 


1. GOLD COBS from the New World (1679-1756): 

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.


We specialize in Mexico 8 escudos 1711-15 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. terravitan@aol.com or 480-595-1293.


      Rare Colombian gold cobs from the Cartagena mint like this 1633 CE are here.

 terravitan@aol.com 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 (none currently available).

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  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

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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.


 terravitan@aol.com 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. Soon.






     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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