Spanish Colonial. Santa Domingo. ca. AD 1540's to 1550's. AE 4 maravedes. First Coin of the Caribbean. Countermarked with a key of uncertain meaning.

Ancient Coins - Spanish Colonial. Santa Domingo. ca. AD 1540's to 1550's. AE 4 maravedes. First Coin of the Caribbean. Countermarked with a key of uncertain meaning.
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Santa Domingo was the first mint set up in the Carribbean Islands, and the second Mint in the New World (preceeded by Mexico City by 2 or 3 years). Since the earliest issues from Mexico City are nearly impossible to locate, the copper coins of Santo Domingo represent the earliest New World coins the average collector can include in his collection.

Denomination : AE 4 Maravedes.

Date : Struck during the reign of Carlos and Joanna of Spain, who ruled from 1516 to 1556. These particular coins were struck between 1542 and 1556.  This coin comes from a  hoard found in Jamaica and which was probably buried some time after 1611.

Reference : C&C (1976) 826 to 829.

Size : 22.8 x 24.8 mm.  Weight : 2.22 grams.

Grade : The coin grades Good to VG with minor roughless and some encrustations.  The countermarked key grades Fine, and is clearer on the coin than on the image.  There is some patination inside the countermark that highlights it, but that does not show well on the image.

Obverse : Gothic Y with CAROLVS ET IOANNA around, but only fragments of the inscription will be visible. The Y is flanked by an F to the left and O / IIII to the right, but both are only visible by fragements and much of the Y was obliterated when the c/m was applied to the other side.

Reverse : Two crowned pillers, with mint marks S to the left and P to the right, with REGIS HISPANIARVM E I around, but only fragments of the inscription will be visible.  The key countermark is just slightly below dead center on this side.

This coin is from a hoard found on the Island of Jamaica in 1973.  No one is certain what the key countermark means, but some seculate it is for Cuba where Key countermarks were used in the 19th century.  These key countermark is much scarcer than the anchor mark seem on many of these.

价格 品种: vcoin6212
US$ 35.00
  • € 28.25
  • £ 24.61
  • AUD 45.07
  • CHF 33.84
  • CAD 44.00

利率: 04/18/18

发货从: Canada
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