"Piece of Eight" Early 17th Century Spanish Cob
The most iconic coins of sunken Spanish galleons, buried beneath white shell sands and a Caribbean blue sea.
'Pieces of eight' would have been common in every tavern, shipyard, open market, or shady back alley deal in the 17th century Caribbean. One of these giant silver coins was worth just over a weeks wages for an able sailor in the Royal Navy. Wear it as a pendant, spend it on rum, or perhaps buy yourself a new pistol.
8 reales cob coins, also known as “pieces of eight” were the largest denomination of silver coinage in the New World. Treasure galleons sailing between the Caribbean and Spain would be filled to the brim with pieces of eight - the pride of silver loot for any pirate or privateer. These hefty coins were hand struck in the New World, deep in the heart of South America. They have a handsomely rugged look to them and were never perfectly round or struck to capture every detail. They were hammered out in haste to legalize as much silver bullion for the crown as possible and to continuously fill the ever returning galleons headed for Spain.
- Hot struck from ~26-27grams of 99.9 pure silver
- ~35-40mm in 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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