1634-1665 Mexico 8 Reales Cob NGC XF Details Test Cut – XL Holder!
Item #CC-0322 | 1634-1665 Mexico 8 Reales Cob NGC XF Details Test Cut – XL Holder!
Mint: Mexico City
Assayer: “P” for Peter Becerra
Ruler/Period: King Philip IV
Grade: XF Details
For details and population on this coin from NGC, click on the serial number here: 2137293-001
Description: This is a rare Spanish Colonial 8 reales silver cob, better known as a “Piece of Eight”. Spanish Colonial cobs are highly sought after, especially those minted in Mexico and this piece displays a well struck assayer and mint mark on the obverse as well as a portion of the shield. On the reverse, you can see a beautiful Jerusalem cross and portions of the castles and lions. Because of the coin’s large planchet, NGC had to place it in an extra large holder.
The eye appeal of this specimen is superb and two test cuts are visible from at the 6 O’clock position. Test cuts like these were often done centuries ago to verify that a coin was solid silver and not counterfeit.
If you are a collector of Spanish Colonial coinage and treasure in general, this coin will make a great addition to your collection!