1665, Spain, Philip Iv. Beautiful Silver Piece Of 8 Reales Cob Coin. Vf+ For Sale
1665, Spain, Philip IV. Beautiful Silver Piece of 8 Reales Cob Coin. VF+
Mint Place: Seville
Mint Period: 1622-1665
Denomination: Cob Piece of 8 Reales
Condition: A typical crude specimen, struck on a broad planchet, without mint or assayer letters visible, otherwise VF+
Obverse: Coat of Arms of the spanish line of the House Habsburg.
Reverse: Cross of Jerusalem with lions and castles in quarters.
For your consideration a beautiful full-weight silver 8 reales cob coin (also known a s a piece of eight), struck at the seville mint (judging by the style of the lions) under Philip IV of Spain between 1622 and 1665. A very nice, broadly struck specimen and a 100% authentic cob coin!
The first coinage of the New World and what comes
to mind when we think of Pirate Treasure are pieces of eight. These
first coins, often called cob coins, were made from roughly cut
planchets (blanks) by striking them with hand dies. The word Cobb comes
from a simplification of the Spanish phrase, Cabo de Barra, which
translates as, from a bar. After the coins are struck, they are weighed
by an assayer who cuts off any excess Silver which is why most coins
have some of the impression cut away. Due to this method of manufacturer
no two coins are alike and many are collected for their unique shapes
alone. The Cobb coin, like anything that is no longer available is
becoming very scarce and hence more valuable. The few remaining Coins
are the last vintage of the glory days of pirates and Treasure hunting
and are fast disappearing into private hands.
Authenticity unconditionally guaranteed. offer
Philip IV (Felipe IV, (8 April 1605 â€“ 17
September 1665) was King of Spain between 1621 and 1665, sovereign of
the Spanish Netherlands, and King of Portugal until 1640. On the eve of
his death in 1665, the Spanish empire reached its historical zenith
spanning almost 3 billion acres.
Philip IV was born in Valladolid, and was the eldest
son of Philip III and his wife Margaret of Austria.
Philip IV's reign, after a few years of inconclusive
successes, was characterized by political and military decay and
adversity. He has been held responsible for the decline of Spain, which
was mostly due, however, to organic causes largely beyond the control of
any one ruler. Philip certainly possessed more energy, both mental and
physical, than his diffident father. His handwritten translation of
Francesco Guicciardini's texts on political history still exists, and he
was a fine horseman and keen hunter.
His artistic taste is shown by his patronage of his
court painter Diego VelÃ¡zquez; his love of letters by his favoring Lope
de Vega, Pedro CalderÃ³n de la Barca, and other immortal dramatists. He
is credited, on fairly probable testimony, with a share in the
composition of several comedies. He also commenced the building of the Buen
Retiro palace in Madrid, parts of which still remain near the
His good intentions were no avail to governance,
however. Feeling himself not yet qualified to rule when he ascended to
the throne at age 16, he allowed himself to be guided by the most
capable men he could find. His favourite, Olivares, was a far more
honest and capable man than his predecessor the Duke of Lerma, and
better fitted for the office of chief minister than any Spaniard of the
time, perhaps. Philip, however, lacked the confidence to free himself
from Olivares's influence once he did come of age. With Olivares's
encouragement, he rather busied himself with frivolous amusements.
In December 1st, 1640, a uprising took place in
Lisbon expelling King Philip IV of Spain (Philip III of Portugal) from
the Portuguese throne, giving it to the Braganzas. This was the end of
60 years of the Iberian Union and the beginning of the Portuguese
Restoration War (lost by the Habsburgs).
By 1643, when disasters falling on all sides led to
the dismissal of the all-powerful minister, Philip had largely lost the
power to devote himself to hard work. After a brief struggle with the
task of directing the administration of the most extensive and
worst-organized multi-national state in Europe, he sank back into
indolence and let other favourites govern.
His political opinions were those he had inherited
from his father and grandfather. He thought it his duty to support the
House of Habsburg and the cause of the Roman Catholic Church against the
Protestants, to assert his sovereignty over the Dutch, and to extend
the dominions of his family. The utter exhaustion of his people in the
course of perpetual war, against the Netherlands, France, Portugal,
Protestant forces in the Holy Roman Empire and Great Britain, was seen
by him with sympathy but he considered it an unavoidable misfortune,
since he could not have been expected to renounce his legitimate rights,
or to desert what he viewed as the cause of God, the Church and the
House of Habsburg.
He was idealised by his contemporaries as the model
of Baroque kingship. Outwardly he maintained a bearing of rigid
solemnity, and was seen to laugh only three times in the course of his
entire public life. But, in private, his court was grossly corrupt.
Victorian historians prudishly attributed the early death of his eldest
son, Baltasar Carlos, to debauchery, encouraged by the gentlemen
entrusted by the king with his education. This shocked the king, but its
effect soon wore off. Philip IV died broken-hearted in 1665, expressing
the pious hope that his surviving son, Carlos, would be more fortunate
than himself. On his death, a catafalque was built in Rome to
commemorate his life.
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