4 Real Spain Silver Philip IV of Spain (1605 -1665)

Metal:
State:
Issue year(s):
1634

Person:
Philip IV of Spain (1605 -1665)                   
Catalog reference:


1634, Spain, Philip IV. Silver 4 Reales Cob Coin


Assayer: R


Mint Year: 1634

Mint Place: Seville (S)


Reference: KM-132.5.

Denomination: 4 Reales

Weight: ca.13.5gm

Diameter: 28mm

Material: Silver


Obverse: Cross of Jerusalem with lions and castles in quarters. A four digit date (1634) fully recognizable above.


Reverse: Coat of Arms of the spanish line of the House Habsburg.  Mint inital (S) above assayer letter ® and partial legend to left.



The first coinage of the New World and what comes to mind when we think of Pirate Treasure are pieces of eight. These first coins, often called cob coins, were made from roughly cut planchets (blanks) by striking them with hand dies. The word Cobb comes from a simplification of the Spanish phrase, Cabo de Barra, which translates as, from a bar. After the coins are struck, they are weighed by an assayer who cuts off any excess Silver which is why most coins have some of the impression cut away. Due to this method of manufacturer no two coins are alike and many are collected for their unique shapes alone. The Cobb coin, like anything that is no longer available is becoming very scarce and hence more valuable. The few remaining Coins are the last vintage of the glory days of pirates and Treasure hunting and are fast disappearing into private hands.


Philip IV (Spanish: Felipe, Portuguese: Filipe; 8 April 1605 – 17 September 1665), also called the Planet King (Spanish: Rey Planeta), was King of Spain from 1621 to his death and (as Philip III) King of Portugal from 1621 to 1640. Philip is remembered for his patronage of the arts, including such artists as Diego Velázquez, and his rule over Spain during the Thirty Years' War. Felipe IV of Spain, 16 Maravedis, 1661, Copper By the time of his death, the Spanish Empire had reached approximately 12.2 million square kilometers (4.7 million square miles) in area but in other aspects was in decline, a process to which Philip contributed with his inability to achieve successful domestic and military reform.


 

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Posted by: anonymous  2023-10-29
1634, Spain, Philip IV. Silver 4 Reales Cob Coin. Top Pop Full Date! NGC VF25! Assayer: R Mint Year: 1634 Mint Place: Seville (S) Reference: KM-132.5. Denomination: 4 Reales Condition: Certified and graded by NGC as VF-25! - Top Pop! Weight: ca.13.5gm Diameter: 28mm Mat ...

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Posted by: anonymous  2017-09-17
1662, Philip IV of Spain. Chunky Silver 4 Reales Cob Coin. Seville mint! Assayer: R Condition: VF. Mint Place: Seville Reference: KM-132.5. Mint Period: 1627-1662 Denomination: Cob of 4 Reales (1/2 Piece of Eight) Weight: 11.13gm Diameter: 26mm Material: Silver Obverse: Coat of A ...

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Posted by: anonymous  2016-01-04
1642, Philip IV of Spain. Beautiful Silver 4 Reales Cob Coin. Partial Date! Assayer: R? Mint Place: Seville? Reference: KM-132.5. Denomination: Cob of 4 Reales (1/2 Piece of Eight) Mint Year: 1642 (the last digit is well recognizable, the 4 is very probable!) Condition: Struck wit ...

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Posted by: anonymous  2019-04-16
1662, Philip IV of Spain. Nice Silver 4 Reales Cob Coin. (VF-) Seville mint! Mint Place: Seville Reference: KM-132.5. Mint Period: 1627-1662 Denomination: Cob of 4 Reales (1/2 Piece of Eight) Condition: Scratches and some deposits (vendigris & rust), cleaned, otherwise VF+ Weight: 1 ...

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Posted by: anonymous  2021-09-15
1625-1663, Philip IV of Spain. Beautiful Silver 4 Reales Cob Coin (VF+) Seville? Reference: KM-132.5. Mint Period: 1625-1663 Mint Place: probably Seville Denomination: Cob of 4 Reales (1/2 Piece of Eight) Condition: Crudely struck as usual, minor deposits, otherwise VF+ Weight: 13.04gm Di ...

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Posted by: anonymous  2017-04-21
1662, Philip IV of Spain. Chunky Silver 4 Reales Cob Coin. Seville mint! Mint Place: Seville Reference: KM-132.5. Mint Period: 1627-1662 Denomination: Cob of 4 Reales (1/2 Piece of Eight) Condition: Tooled surfaces (improperly cleaned), otherwise VF, struck on a compact, but thi ...
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