European Shipwreck Cob 8 Reales Dated 1667

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Spanish silver cob Eight Reales minted 1667 in Potosi, Bolivia during the reign of Carolus II recovered from an unnamed European shipwreck

Obverse: cross with lions and castles.

Reverse: Pillars and waves with legends and date.

Measures approximately 1 and 5/8ths inches by 1 and 1/2 inches wide.

Carlos II, known as "Carlos the Mad", inherited the Spanish throne at the age of four. Was kept occupied with combating Louis XIV of France, and the intrigues of his Mother's court, while the economy of Spain worsened despite heavy taxes and the treasure ships from the New World. With Carlos's death in 1700, the line of the Spanish Hapsburgs was ended.


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