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 : 24.4 x 26.6 mm. Weight : 2.26 grams.

Grade : This coin grades good Fine for the type, with considerable weak areas as is often seen on these.  It has been cleaned of all encrustation and and now have a very dark brown patina.  The countermark grades Fine because only about 1.2 of the anchor is visible (which is typical). 

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 IIII to the right, with the IIII below an annulet. 

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 countermark can be seen on this side, in the upper right.  Only the flukes of the anchor and part of the stem are present, with the ring handle not struck up. 

This coin is from a hoard found on the Island of Jamaica in 1973.

Price SKU: vcoin5999
US$ 39.50
  • € 33.59
  • £ 30.03
  • AUD 54.26
  • CHF 37.72
  • CAD 51.05

Rates for: 09/21/18

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