Rare 1620 Madrid 8 Reales Cob With Gunshot!

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Item #CC-0535|  Rare 1620 Madrid 8 Reales Cob With Gunshot!
Mint: Madrid
Assayer: “G” for Gonzalo Rodriguez Bermúdez (1615-1620)
Date: 1620
Ruler/Period: King Philip III (1598-1621)
Grade: Uncertified
Weight: 26.65 Grams

Description: This amazing 1620 Spanish 8 reales cob is truly a one-of-a-kind! It displays a clear 1620 date, denomination as VIII, a well centered and strong strike on both sides, assayer’s initial “G” and mint mark “MD” for Madrid. If all this isn’t enough, the coin also shows evidence of what appears to be a gunshot! The bullet impact damage appears to have been done sometime during the time when lead shot was used, which couldn’t pierce the silver but caused the dent and flan to crack upon impact.

It is quite possible that this coin could have been in a battle and saved a soldier’s or sailor’s life or stopped a bullet during a duel. This coin is considered extremely rare from a numismatic standpoint and the impact damage adds character and mystery to this superb piece of history.

If you are a collector of unique Pieces of Eight, this coin will be the perfect addition to your Spanish treasure collection!