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 comes from the Jamaica  hoard of 1973 but is not countermarked as most coins in that hoard were.

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

Size : 23.3 x 24.3 mm. Weight : 4.91 grams.

Grade : This coin grades VG to Fine for the type, with considerable weak areas as is often seen on these.  It has been cleaned of all encrustation and and noww have a very dark brown patina. 

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, both of which are below pellets.

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: vcoin6000
US$ 32.50
  • € 26.63
  • £ 23.59
  • AUD 40.79
  • CHF 31.36
  • CAD 40.44

Rates for: 01/17/18

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