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CORN-9B4BD1: real of Philip V (obverse)

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COIN

Unique ID: CORN-9B4BD1

Object type certainty: Certain
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Silver worn and clipped one real 'pillars and waves' type cob of Philip V (1700-1746) of Spain, dated to 1723 on the reverse. The mint letter and assayer letter, on either side of the 'I' in the top line of the reverse, are too worn to make out, but the coin would have been minted in Lima, Peru or Potosi, Bolivia or Mexico. The reverse central field that remains has two upright pillars with foliate capitals and waves formed by curved lines beneath them. There are two equidistant horizontal lines that cross the pillars forming nine squares, but only the three central squares are now legible.

Within these squares are the letters :

[.] / I / [.]

[PLV] / SVL / T[RA]

[1] / 723 / [.]

In the mid-16th century major silver deposits were found in South America, in an area known as 'Peru', but this relates to an area much larger than modern-day Peru. Coins minted from here were called 'cobs' or cabo, and rather than producing a nice flan onto which the image was struck, cobs were simply a bar of silver cut into appropriate weights (1, 2, 4, 8 reales) so they are not standard shapes. This coin was most likley minted in Peru, Bolivia or Mexico due to its irregular shape.

Cayon (2005) illustrates similar examples on page 858, Figs.29-30, Nos.8422-8424.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Exactly AD 1723
Date to: Exactly AD 1723

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 18 mm
Width: 17.5 mm
Thickness: 1.3 mm
Weight: 1.95 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Wednesday 8th May 2013

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Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: real - croat - dieciocheno
Ruler/issuer: Phillip V of Spain
Type: Spain: silver real - croat of Phillip V (Clemente and Cayon 8324-8602)
Obverse description: cross pattee with a lion and castle in diagonally opposite quarters surrounded by a tressure of arches
Obverse inscription: illegible and missing
Reverse description: two upright pillars with foliate capitals and waves formed by curved lines beneath them and divided by two horizontal lines forming nine squares
Reverse inscription: [.] / I / [.] // [PLV] / SVL / T[RA] // [1] / 723 / [.]
Die axis measurement: 12 o'clock
Degree of wear: Extremely worn: poor

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
District: Cornwall (Unitary Authority)
Parish or ward: St. Issey (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SW9172
Four figure Latitude: 50.510395
Four figure longitude: -4.949105
1:25K map: SW9172
1:10K map: SW92SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Cayon, A.C. and J. Clemente 2005 Las Monedas Espanolas Madrid Cayon-Jano S.L. 858, Figs.29-30, Nos.8422-8424

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Audit data

Recording Institution: CORN
Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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