1/2 Doubloon (1 Escudo Cob), Cuzco Peru, 1698M
The original escudo gold cob coins from Cuzco, Peru are beautifully simple, and extremely rare. They were minted by hand, high up in the clouds at the ancient Incan mountaintop city - 11,000 ft above sea level, and not far from Machu Picchu.
A favourite of Caribbean pirates and South American colonials alike, these highly sought after coins are still coveted by collectors today. A few Cuzco escudo coins of the meager handful that have been recovered to date, were found in shipwrecks belonging to the Spanish 1715 plate fleet. After having departed Havana, Cuba, eleven of the twelve ships were lost to a hurricane, sinking off the coast of Vero beach, Florida.
Historically one of these small gold coins was worth 2 pieces of eight, equal to 16 silver reales. A two escudo cob was nicknamed a 'doubloon' after the Spanish word for double - 'doblon'.
If you like the style, but don't want to break the bank, we also mint these in pure silver. Otherwise, go for the gold!
- Hot struck from ~3.5g of 99.9 pure silver or 3.5g of 24kt gold.
- ~13mm (1/2") diameter
- Just like the originals, each is hand struck, so allow for slight irregularity and variance from the photos
- Each coin shipped outside of Canada is marked discreetly with a tiny punch on the back or side making it a legal 'replica'
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