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Please Note: This is an authentic Spanish Gold Escudo Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.
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When we think of the treasure coins of pirate legend and lore, the first thing that comes to mind is the gold “doubloon.” Doubloons, or Escudos (which means shield in Spanish), are the gold coins to satiate desire. From kings and queens, to merchants, adventurers, and yes, pirates and privateers, the gold Escudos, along with their counter parts, silver “Pieces of 8,” fueled the world economy for some 300 years.
Next time you read about the great pirates of long ago; Henry Morgan, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), John Rackham (Calico Jack), Mary Read, Anne Bonny and many others, these were the coins that drove their raiding and pillaging of land and sea! Even the great, and often maligned, “pirate hunter” Captain William Kidd used these coins to purchase rum and wine for his crew.
Crudely shaped and hand-hammered, these 22K gold (24K is pure gold) pieces of history are some of the most intriguing and beautiful coins ever minted. And because each coin was minted by hand, they are one of a kind. Unlike a machine minted coin, it is impossible for anyone else to posses a coin exactly like yours!
Note from Robert: Beautiful, deeply struck full cross and shield. Almost uncirculated. "S" mint mark and "D" assayer visible. Most of the time the mint mark and assayer isn't visible.
Unique and rare coin, slightly under weight by 1.2 grams. This 1 escudo's official weight should be 3.3 to 3.4 grams, but it was "clipped" at the time it was in use. As gold and silver was a weight-based currency at that time, "clipping" a coin was done either to "make change" or by a nefarious person trying to cheat someone.
I like to set these pieces in our luxury weight, 18K gold as the coins and jewelry back then were 22K gold (24K is pure gold), and the 18K gold bezel gives this beautiful piece a stunning warm, regal glow and feel.
Shield design elements indicates the King’s realm: Castile and Leon; Jerusalem and Navarre; Aragon and Sicily, Granada.
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