Description:This is a genuine Spanish silver coin that was minted in the colonial South American mint of Potosi, Peru during the reign of Philip V. As the first King of Spain from the House of Bourbon, Philip ruled from 1700 until his death in 1746.
The 18th century was a prosperous time for the Spanish Empire as trade grew steadily within its territories and colonies in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Oceana. The Bourbon reforms of Philip V and his son Ferdinand VI included a major modernization of the Spanish Navy. This enabled Spain's crucial victory in the 1741 Caribbean port Battle of Cartagena de Indias against a massive British fleet and army, allowing Spain to secure its dominance of Spanish America until the 19th century.
With the discovery of untold riches that were mined in the Americas throughout the 16th to 18th centuries, the Spanish and their mighty galleon fleets, were the premier supplier of gold and silver coins for the world. However, during this adventurous age, it was inevitable that large amounts of Spanish treasure would be lost on land and at sea due to pirates, storms and other unforeseen misfortunes.
Spanish coins, known as "cobs", that circulated in this epic era were hand struck from dies and cut to weight. The obverse shows a Jerusalem cross with castles and lions and the reverse depicts the Pillars of Hercules with date. Minted in five denominations in silver, the largest was the 8 reales, famous in the colonies and among pirates as a “piece of eight.” Cob coinage with their unusual shapes are all unique and each is a one-of-a-kind piece of history.