Spanish Colonial. Santa Domingo. ca. AD 1540's to 1550's. AE 4 maravedes. First Coin of the Caribbean. Countermarked with a anchor for use in Jamaica.

Ancient Coins - Spanish Colonial. Santa Domingo. ca. AD 1540's to 1550's. AE 4 maravedes. First Coin of the Caribbean. Countermarked with a anchor for use in Jamaica.
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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 specimen was countermarked with an anchor to re-value it for use in Jamaica. These countermarks were applied between about 1611 and 1616.

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

Size : 23.7 x 25.9 mm. Weight : 2.99 grams.

Grade : The coin grades Fine with some encrustation and is a crude strike as is usual for this type.  The countermark grades Fine, with just the top ring handle not struck up.

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 4 to the right. The countermark can be seen on this side, with the anchor's ring woud have been roughly in the middle, with the barbs to the lower left. See the inset image of the countermark where it is oriented up and down.

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.

Price SKU: vcoin3179
US$ 37.50
  • € 32.96
  • £ 29.57
  • AUD 52.11
  • CHF 37.18
  • CAD 50.26

Rates for: 12/18/18

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