Spanish American Cobs 

 

Silver Cobs of Mexico City, Mexico 1516 - 1734

Image Description Price
Carlos & Johanna
1 Real
1516-1556
03
1 Real ND, Mexico. oM KM #9. 3.4 g. L/O (over Asser, L punched over O) (1538?-1540). Crowned quartered arms of Castile and Leon. Mo left L/O right. Reverse, Crowned Pillars of Hercules dividing PL-VS-VL, one value dot above VS. Legends mostly complete, tops of some letters just a bit off the planchet in places. Good color. F+ to VF. SOLD
Carlos & Johanna
1 Real
1516-1556
04
1 Real ND, Mexico. L M (1554?-1569). KM #9. 3.2 g. Crowned quartered arms of Castile and Leon, L and M at sides. Reverse, Crowned Pillars of Hercules dividing PL-VS-VL, one value dot above VS. Legends mostly complete, tops of some letters just a bit off the planchet in places. Fine with weakness at obverse center.  SOLD
Carlos & Johanna
1 Real
1516-1556
COUNTERFEIT
05
1 Real ND, Mexico. oM O KM #9. 3.9 g. Crowned quartered arms of Castile and Leon. Mo left O right. Reverse, Crowned Pillars of Hercules dividing PL-VS-VL, one value dot above VS. Legends mostly complete, tops of some letters just a bit off the planchet in places. A few light scuffs but good color. AEF. Slightly smaller diameter but thick. A pretty deceptive counterfeit save for a few raised dots. A great study piece.  SOLD
Charles II 8 Real
1665-1700
01
8 Reales 166?, Mexico. P. KM #45. 19.86 g. Crowned Spanish coat of arms, Mo mintmark over P to left. Reverse, Cross in octalobe with castles and lions in quarters. Slightly lightweight due to sea salvage. Neat Urn or Barrel shape. Partial date and ordinal. II of Charles II can be seen clearly around K5. Sea salvage VF.  SOLD

Silver Cobs of Lima, Peru 1536 - 1752

Image Description Price
Philip V 2 Real
1700-1746
01
2 Reales 1739, Lima. V. KM #32a. 5.4 g. Second Period 1725-1746. Cross in quardrilobe with castles and lions in quarters, L to left. Lower Lion looks like a monkey! Reverse, Flowered Pillars of Hercules above waves with two horizontal lines dividing central legends: -.2.- / LV-SVL-T / V-739-L. Nice F+ with good color and surfaces. Full 3 digit date.  SOLD
Philip V 2 Real
1700-1746
05
2 Reales 1745, Lima. V. KM #32a. 6.3 g. Second Period 1725-1746. Cross in quardrilobe with castles and lions in quarters. Reverse, Flowered Pillars of Hercules above waves with two horizontal lines dividing central legends: -.2.-V / LV-SVL-T / V-745-L. Nice Fine with good color and surfaces. Full 3 digit date.  SOLD
Ferdinand VI 
2 Real
1746-1759
01
2 Reales 1748, Lima. V. KM #a43. 6.2g. Cross in quardrilobe with castles and lions in quarters, partial date below. Reverse, Crowned flowered Pillars of Hercules above waves, within two horizontal lines dividing central legends: -2-V / -SVL- T/ - -. VG with good color and surfaces. Partial date.  SOLD
Philip V 1/2 Real
1700-1746
01
1/2 Real 1717?, Lima. KM #30. 1.5 g. First Period 1700-1724. Crowned Philipvs monogram, date below within circle of dots. Reverse, Cross with castles and lions in quarters, within circle of dots. Sharpness of VF or better but odd centering, appears broken or cut in half but good weight. SOLD

Silver Cobs of Potosi, Bolivia 1574 - 1773

Image Description Price
Charles III 4 Real
1665-1700
01
4 Reales 1770, Potosi. (V-Y). KM #44. 13.2 g. Cross in quardrilobe with castles and lions in quarters. Reverse, Flowered Pillars of Hercules with two horizontal lines dividing central legends: -4-V / -SVL-T / -770-. Again with very unusual center dot visible on reverse? Very squat and chunky planchet, typical for this period. Good weight. Scarce denomination. Rare date. F+ to VF.  SOLD
Luis I 2 Real
1724
02
2 Reales 1727, Potosi. Y. KM #34. 6.5 g. Crowned cross in quardrilobe with castles and lions in quarters, P to left, Y to right, 2 above and date below. Reverse, Crowned flowered Pillars of Hercules above waves, within two horizontal lines dividing central legends: -2- / -SVL-T / Y-727-. Very scarce ruler. Two dates. Rare. VG or so.  $155.00
Luis I 2 Real
1724
03
2 Reales 1727, Potosi. Y. KM #34. 4.0 g. Crowned cross in quardrilobe with castles and lions in quarters, Y to right. Reverse, Crowned flowered Pillars of Hercules above waves, within two horizontal lines dividing central legends: -2-Y / V-SVL-TR / Y-727- all within a circle of dots. Lightweight so probably clipped. Nice rich toning and nice surfaces. Very scarce ruler. Fine or so.  SOLD
Ferdinand VI 2 Real
1724
02
2 Reales 1750, Potosi. KM #38. 6.7g. Cross in quardrilobe with castles and lions in quarters, denomination above, E/a to right all within a circle of dots. Reverse, Crowned flowered Pillars of Hercules above waves, within two horizontal lines dividing central legends: P-2-E/a / PLV-SVL-T / E/a-750- all within a circle of dots. Nice toning and surfaces. Choice Fine or better.  SOLD
Ferdinand VI 2 Real
1724
04
2 Reales 1760, Potosi. KM #38. 7.0g. Cross in quardrilobe with castles and lions in quarters, P to left all within a circle of dots. Reverse, Crowned flowered Pillars of Hercules above waves, within two horizontal lines dividing central legends: -2-q / -SVL-T / -760- all within a circle of dots. Good toning and surfaces. Kool shape. Fine or better. This piece is possibly the 1760 over 759, it looks like something under the final 0?  SOLD

 

Counterfeit Spanish American Cobs from Periods of Various Rulers and Mints

Image Description Price
Counterfeit Mexico Philip II 2 Real 2 Reales. Counterfeit Mexico Philip II (1556-1598). No date, oMo. 6.6 g. Very interesting, crudely attractive ctft. Appears to be very old. $65.00
Counterfeit Mexico Philip II 1 Real 1 Real. Counterfeit Mexico Philip II (1556-1598). No date. 3.4 g. Very interesting, crudely attractive ctft. Appears to be very old. $85.00
Counterfeit Mexico Philip V 8 Real Klippe 1733MF 8 Reales. Counterfeit Mexico Philip V (1700-1746). 1733 MF Klippe Type. (KM# 48) 23.5g. Rather deceptive counterfeit of a very popular major type that I have seen sold on eBay as genuine.  SOLD
Counterfeit Peru Philip V 1723 2 Real 2 Reales. Counterfeit Peru Philip V (1700-1746). 1723. 7.3 g. Interesting in that it's a pretty good representation yet it has been very crudely made with heavy filing all around. Dated (1)723 on both sides. $65.00
Counterfeit Bolivia Charles II 1688VR 4 Real 'Heart' 4 Reales. Counterfeit Bolivia Charles II (1665-1700). 1688 VR 'Heart' 13.8 g. Impressive ctft of the extremely rare Heart type. I suspect this one was made to deceive collectors as opposed to being circulating piece. Looks a bit older.  SOLD
Counterfeit Bolivia Philip V 1730M 2 Real 2 Reales. Counterfeit Bolivia Philip V (1700-1746). 1730 M (KM# 29a) 6.4 g. Decent execution of design and would probably be deceptive to a newer collector. SOLD
Counterfeit Bolivia Ferdinand VI 1750E 2 Real 2 Reales. Counterfeit Bolivia Ferdinand VI (1746-1759). 1750 E 3.7 g. Crude rendition and manufacture with large break across reverse. Clear date on each side. SOLD
Counterfeit Bolivia Philip V? 1796!!! 2 Real 2 Reales. Counterfeit Bolivia , (Possibly) Philip V (1700-1746). 1796!!! 5.3 g. Reworked date, to a non existent date for a cob, actually more then two decades after the last cobs were struck. The date does not appear to be contemporary to the manufacture of the cob but reengaged at a later date. Still a very unusual piece. SOLD