Help with strange Spanish COB

alexch17

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welcome:icon_thumright:
its looks wrong
 

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Hi, Thanks!
Let me show you more pictures. I would doubt that is fake, but I appreciate comments.

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Alex, Welcome to Treasure Net !!
The item has a slight resemblance to a cob coin. But cobs (to my knowledge) never were minted with the dots forming the shape of a triangle; rather, always in a circle. I think this is a tourist souvenir 'coin'.
Another consideration: The item's denomination is an 8-reales, yet real 8-reales cobs weigh about 27 grams.
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Thanks!
the coin seems to be cut in those tree areas. It seems that at some point the Cob was round. However, that is a good observation since I haven't seen a triangular design cob like that. I would have to keep researching. Would you have the picture of the resemble cob?
thanks for your opinion,
Alex
 

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Sorry, that was never round. Look at the side with the pillars and the edge beading...it was made triangular. Most definitely a tourist "copy"...fantasy piece.
 

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Welcome, Alex. I see that you posted the same question on ColonialCobs, but I'll answer here as there is a larger response. It is strictly a fantasy piece. As Don pointed out, the weight doesn't add up. The 8 reales would be 27 grams for a full weight. In addition, the "castles" are wrong. The assayer for this piece is "E" or Antonio de Ergueta. He held title of Assayer for 25+ years. The designer of this piece didn't even get the assayer marks correct. The "E" should be in the lower left of the Pillar and Waves tic-tac-toe and in the upper right. As you can see, there is another assayer "R" in the upper right. Antonio never shared title. In addition, his work was quite precise and not sloppy as the castles on your piece depict. His Castles were large bastions that you can make out individual windows.

I hope you didn't pay a lot for it. It is a "unique" conversation piece.
 

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Diver_Down, thanks for the detail information about this coin. I really appreciate it.
I only paid approx. $25 for it in a little market on my way to Machu Picchu, so if somebody go to Cuzco better be careful with the coins up there since they are very well done.
I have another coin that my Father bought in Peru too. Would it be possible for you to check that one too? I will post the picture as soon as I get the images.
Best,
Alex
 

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No expert by any means....that being said, It looks all wrong, more like a tourist jingle jangle boble. In other words Fake. JMHO HH:dontknow:
 

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Diver_Down, thanks for the detail information about this coin. I really appreciate it.
I only paid approx. $25 for it in a little market on my way to Machu Picchu, so if somebody go to Cuzco better be careful with the coins up there since they are very well done.
I have another coin that my Father bought in Peru too. Would it be possible for you to check that one too? I will post the picture as soon as I get the images.
Best,
Alex
A cob like that would be worth a lot more than $25 if real. I searched eBay but didnt see it. Obviously a fantasy piece.
 

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