IOW-C4B2B6: Post-Medieval Coin: Spanish America, Potosi, Carlos II (8-reales)

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COIN

Unique ID: IOW-C4B2B6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

A metal Spanish America 8-reales, Potosi, Bolivia. Carlos II (1665-1700), 1676. Obv: CAROLVS . II . DG . H[ISPANIAR]VM Rev: PO[TOSI . AN]O . 1676 . EL . PERV . Mint initial P; assayer E = Antonio de Ergueta (1651-78).

S Menzel 2004, Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins: the early Spanish-American Mints and their coinages 1536-1773 (New York, American Numismatic Society).

The coin appears to made of pewter. Consquently it may be a fake or a replica!

Notes:

Ed Besley has commented:

Were it not for the bit missing, this would be a splendid coin, well-struck and circular; I wonder whether it counts as a 'presentation piece'. The practice of formally minting selected round, fully-struck pieces for special occasions or for presentation to the king, viceroy and other important officials apparently began in 1630 and continued well into the next century (Menzel 2004, p.280).
Ref: S Menzel 2004, Cobs, Pieces of Eight and Treasure Coins: the early Spanish-American Mints and their coinages 1536-1773 (New York, American Numismatic Society).
Health warning: I'm assuming that it is silver: even allowing for the missing bit it's very light, but this and the somewhat 'soft' appearance might be accounted for by corrosion/water wear? (The alternative being that it might be a cast copy ina baser metal - leave that question to you.)

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1676

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 12.71 g
Diameter: 39 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 9th May 2010

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2010-2-225

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Incomplete

Coin data (numismatics)

Obverse inscription: CAROLVS . II . DG . H[ISPANIAR]VM
Reverse inscription: PO[TOSI . AN]O . 1676 . EL . PERV .
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Menzel, S. 2004 Cobs, pieces of eight and treasure coins (American Numismatic (American Numismatic Society) 280

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Audit data

Recording Institution: IOW
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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