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 : 23.5 x 25.4 mm.  Weight : 2.43 grams.

Grade : The coin grades Fine and the countermark VF, but this item is a little rough from cleaning. The countermarked key was double punch with a slight rotation between the two strikes.

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 probably an O / IIII to the right (which is not now visible).  The countermark is very clear slightly to the upper right of center, but if you look closely there s a second end to the key to it's left due to the key having been punched in wide, with the handle of the second strike directly over the handle of the first.

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.  

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.

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US$ 75.00
  • € 61.72
  • £ 55.77
  • AUD 100.99
  • CHF 66.86
  • CAD 96.86

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