Kings, princess, pirates and privateers - every one sought the legendary gold doubloon. This gold coin was discovered some 40 years ago on private property just a few miles from Gibraltar. Held in a private family collection until just recently, we've acquired the collection and are thrilled to bring it to you!
Of Special Note: 1776! This date, rare and prized by collectors and historians alike marks a pivotal time in world history - the day the British held American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain.
This coin, and all the coins in this collection, come with a 14 page illustrated Certificate of Authenticity researched and written by Robert over a period of three months.
All of the coins were Spanish portrait, or “bust-type” escudos (the Spanish gold coins of the day). In the New World, Mexico City first started minting gold coins with portraits in 1732. The other colonial mints soon followed, and the last colonial gold portrait coin issued under Spanish rule was minted in 1825.
The coins in this cache don’t date past 1808. As it turns out, this was an incredibly important year for Spain and the rest of the world. While Spain was France's ally for the first years of the Napoleonic wars, however in 1808, Napoleon turned on Spain, capturing her king and installing his brother Joseph on the Spanish throne.
Several of the coins in the Gibraltar gold cache were minted in Madrid and other mints in Spain. But there were also coins minted in the Spanish colonial mints of Nuevo Reino, and Popayan, Columbia. These New World coins would have traveled to the Old World on Spanish galleons.
Robert writes: As I study, and write about this history, I look at the gold doubloons that were found more than 40 years ago, not far from Gibraltar. None of them date past 1808. Some had been minted in Columbia during the time of our own revolution, but many coincidentally had been minted in Madrid, where Spain’s revolt against France began. What were they doing so close to Gibraltar? Was someone trying to get them to Gibraltar to pay for desperately needed supplies and soldiers? Had they been stolen from a royal shipment headed to Gibraltar? While Spain was still on the silver standard, Britain was on the gold standard, and these gold coins were worth many tens of thousands of dollars back then. And it’s times like this that I realize, I am holding history in my hand.