Spanish gold Escudos - Phillip III - "Kempen Treasure" - “Finest Known and only Example from NGC to date”.

Denomination: 1 Escudos                                                          

Reign: Philip III

Date:  Circa 1610 - 1618                                                             

Mint: Seville, Spain

Assayer: “D” – Square D                                                             

Weight: 3.38 gm grams 

Grade: NGC 6284506-004 (MS 62) 

Mount: 18K gold with .270 ctw Diamond accents

Description:Finest Known and Only Example from NGC to date”.  Phillip III "Kempen Treasure". Obverse:  Clearly visible Jerusalem cross.  Reverse: Shield is visible with bold strike. Mint marks for both the Assayer and Mint are clearly visible along with legend on left side

History:  The Kempen treasure is one of the largest gold and silver coin treasures found in the Netherlands in recent decades. It was discovered by a a Dutch “treasure hunter”.  This treasure is a witness to a historical period when international trade flourished between the world’s great powers. The Seville Mint (Spanish: Casa de la Moneda de Sevilla) was one of the seven main mints of Castile authorized to continue after 1497 by the Catholic monarchs, the rest being closed. The earliest coins minted in Seville date back to Roman times, around 15 B.C. Later, the Visigoths minted from the year 621, the Arabs after 1060, and the Christian kings from 1252. The New Mint was built in the Atarazanas orchards, next to the river and a few steps from where the colonial fleets arrived with the metals. During the reign of Felipe II, the House of Seville processed 72% of all the silver, and 87% of all the gold minted in the Iberian Peninsula, leaving the other mints almost without work. The Ordinance of 1730 for the centralization of mints eliminated all except those of Madrid and Seville, which would mint only silver and gold, and Segovia, which would be dedicated to striking copper coins. In 1861 the new Madrid factory was inaugurated and in 1869 the houses of Seville, Segovia and Jubia were closed, their equipment being sold at public auction. The House of Seville was divided into three parts and sold in 1870; a total of more than ten thousand square meters sold for about 244 thousand escudos.