Shield of the Hapsburgs, Letter S to the left of the shield, small “o” with Roman numeral 4 to the right. Around: Dei Gratia Philipus II. The elements of the shield identify lands controlled by the king. (The elements changed from king to king and from mint to mint.) To the left side of the shield is the letter S indicating the mintmark as Seville, Spain. The right side of the shield usually has the denomination of the coin expressed either as an Arabic or Roman numeral. The assayer’s mark is O and located above the coin denomination.
General Information about cobs: Cob coins were minted between the mid-15th century and mid-17th century. Cob is an acronym for “cut off bar”. The minters would cut off a piece of bullion, trim it to weight and then put this blank into the dies which were utilized in a scissors-like fashion. Further trimming was sometimes necessary to achieve the proper weight of the coin. Most cobs were not struck primarily for circulation but as a means for sending bullion in fixed quantities, easily divisible and accountable to Spain’s treasuries; they were ultimately to be melted down. The purity of the silver is approximately 93.1%.
Phillip II Spanish Colonial 4 real silver coin Seville Mint, 1565-1598. 22kt yellow gold pendant.
Chain sold separately.