Monday, August 20, 2012
8/20/12 Report - Spanish Coin, Lead Seals, and Foreign Laws
Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of treasurebeachesreport.blogspot.com.
Here is a Spanish silver coin. See if you can identify it.
If you want to cheat, the coin is found pictured in Monedas Espanolas Desde Juan y Carlos a Isabel II 1504 a 1868, by Calico, Calico and Trigo, 1985.
You can see the king in the first picture - Phillip III. That gives you something of an age range.
You can see the date in the second picture - 1609.
That is the easy part, but the denomination is also displayed clearly in the first photo - 50.
Of course we are most familiar with the 8, 4, 2, 1 and half reales that were minted in the New World.
So where was it minted?
The answer is Segovia. The Segovia mint was built in 1583 to process gold and silver coming in from the New World.
You can actually see the mint mark above the assayer mark. It is a representation of the city's aqueduct.
I posted a dug lead bale seal not long ago and was doing some research on bale seals when I found this site with a nice large collection of bale seal examples. You might want to take a look.