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Cob Coin

Cob Coin

Manufacturer / Maker: New Spain, Mexico City

Department: History
Date: 1713
Medium: Silver (.931% silver and .069% alloys)
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 7/8 x 1 1/8 in. (4.8 x 2.9 cm)
Classification: Communication Objects
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, 1979 General Obligation Bonds
Object number: PC1982.96.1.B
DescriptionSilver cob coin, Mexican c. 1713, date obsured (packet #22.01000); circulation strikes (PhillipV). Obverse legend: "PHILIPUS V DEIG" and date around crowned arms; reverse legend: legend around cross, lions, castles, Mexico City mint.
Not on view
Label Text:These irregularly shaved cob coins were struck in the Mexico City mint and loaded aboard ships for transport to Spain. Storms in the Caribbean often drove Spanish galleons into shoals off the coast of Florida where they were wrecked. These coins were recovered from ship wreckers during 1960.