From the 1500's to the early 1800's, Spain drawn out billions of dollars in treasure from its nests in the Americas. Huge quantities of silver were shipped to Spain as crude coins called macuquinas, "crude hammered coins," or cobs. Spanish cobs were pieces cut from silver bars cast at the mines. Each coin was exactly weighed, trimmed, then struck with hand passes away. These momentary silver coins were made in a variety of denominations including 1, 2, 4, and 8 reales pieces. The cobs were struck in the Spanish colonial mints including Mexico City, Lima, Potosi, Cartagena, and Bogota. Shipments of silver cobs received in Spain, were remelted into silver bars, coins, and jewelry. The Spanish Crown received five percent of all treasure.
Over one third of the treasure shipments never ever showed up in Spain. Ship wrecks, and piracy took their toll. Silver cobs remain to appear in treasure salvages and on beaches of the former Spanish nests.
The original four cob pieces in this Historical Replica Set were struck between 1652 and 1773. The obverse of each coin show a tic-tac-toe design revealing the Pillars of Hercules and waves. Each of the coins show a star-the mint mark of Lima, Peru.
All double sided coins are made of lead-free pewter and significant COPY on the reverse to adhere with the Hobby Act.
Spanish Silver Cobs
Lead Free Pewter Replicas