Denomination: 1/2 Reales
Region: New World
Date: Circa 1700
Mount: Sterling Silver Pendant, includes sterling chain
History: During the 16th and 17th centuries, Spain became the premier supplier of gold and silver coins for the world. This was accomplished through the discovery of untold riches that were effectively mined in the Americas. Although Spain's mighty armada strove diligently to deliver the wealth to the King, both pirates and bad weather became such obstacles that many galleons were lost at sea.
These historic coins are known to collectors as "Cobs" and the abbreviation of the Spanish term for "Cabo de Berra" meaning cut from the end of the bar. Minted in five denominations in silver, the largest was the eight reales, famous int he colonies and among pirates as a "piece of eight." The other denominations were four reales, two reales, one reale, and the half reale.
Although the full details is rarely clear because of the ragged shape, the front features a cross, that ranges from a plain cross to one with bars on the end, known as a "Jerusalem Cross." The reverse depicts the crest of either the Hapsburgs or the Bourbons, powerful European families who ruled in Spain.
Note: No two cobs are struck alike, please consider variations in these hand-struck cob coins before completing purchase. The coin you order may not be the exact coin in photograph.
These coins include a certificate of authenticity.