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1622?, Kingdom of Spain, Philip IV. Large Silver 8 Reales Cob Coin. Rare Date!

Mint Place: Seville (S) Reference: Cal. 594, KM-39.6 ($900 in VF!). Rare Date! Mint Year: 1622? (not well visible due to the double-strike!) Condition: Double-struck obverse, minor deposits, otherwise a nice VF or better! Weight: 27.39gm Diameter: 36mm Material: Silver

Obverse: Cross of Jerusalem with lions and castles in quarters within tressure. Date (1622?) at 12 o'clock.   Legend: HISP [ANIARUM . RE]X . 1622 . Reverse: Coat of Arms of the spanish line of the House Habsburg. Partial value numeral ([V]III) recognizable to right. Legend: PHILIPPVS . IIII ... 

The first coinage of the New World and what  comes to mind when we think of Pirate Treasure are pieces of eight.  These first coins, often called cob coins, were made from roughly cut  planchets (blanks) by striking them with hand dies. The word Cobb comes  from a simplification of the Spanish phrase, Cabo de Barra, which  translates as, from a bar. After the coins are struck, they are weighed  by an assayer who cuts off any excess Silver which is why most coins  have some of the impression cut away. Due to this method of manufacturer  no two coins are alike and many are collected for their unique shapes  alone. The Cobb coin, like anything that is no longer available is  becoming very scarce and hence more valuable. The few remaining Coins  are the last vintage of the glory days of pirates and Treasure hunting  and are fast disappearing into private hands.

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Philip  IV (Felipe  IV,   (8 April 1605 – 17 September 1665) was  King of Spain between 1621 and   1665, sovereign of the Spanish  Netherlands, and King of Portugal until   1640. On the eve of his death  in 1665, the Spanish empire reached its   historical zenith spanning  almost 3 billion acres.

Philip IV  was born in Valladolid, and was the eldest son of Philip III and his  wife Margaret of Austria.

Philip  IV's reign, after a few years of inconclusive   successes, was  characterized by political and military decay and   adversity. He has  been held responsible for the decline of Spain, which   was mostly due,  however, to organic causes largely beyond the control of   any one  ruler. Philip certainly possessed more energy, both mental and    physical, than his diffident father. His handwritten translation of    Francesco Guicciardini's texts on political history still exists, and he    was a fine horseman and keen hunter.

His artistic taste is shown by his patronage of his    court painter Diego Velázquez; his love of letters by his favoring Lope    de Vega, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, and other immortal dramatists.  He   is credited, on fairly probable testimony, with a share in the    composition of several comedies. He also commenced the building of the  Buen Retiro palace in Madrid, parts of which still  remain near the Prado.

His good  intentions were no avail to governance,   however. Feeling himself not  yet qualified to rule when he ascended to   the throne at age 16, he  allowed himself to be guided by the most   capable men he could find.  His favourite, Olivares, was a far more   honest and capable man than  his predecessor the Duke of Lerma, and   better fitted for the office of  chief minister than any Spaniard of the   time, perhaps. Philip,  however, lacked the confidence to free himself   from Olivares's  influence once he did come of age. With Olivares's   encouragement, he  rather busied himself with frivolous amusements.

In December 1st, 1640, a uprising took place in    Lisbon expelling King Philip IV of Spain (Philip III of Portugal) from    the Portuguese throne, giving it to the Braganzas. This was the end of    60 years of the Iberian Union and the beginning of the Portuguese    Restoration War (lost by the Habsburgs).

By 1643, when disasters falling on all sides led to    the dismissal of the all-powerful minister, Philip had largely lost the    power to devote himself to hard work. After a brief struggle with the    task of directing the administration of the most extensive and    worst-organized multi-national state in Europe, he sank back into    indolence and let other favourites govern.

His political opinions were those he had inherited    from his father and grandfather. He thought it his duty to support the    House of Habsburg and the cause of the Roman Catholic Church against  the   Protestants, to assert his sovereignty over the Dutch, and to  extend   the dominions of his family. The utter exhaustion of his people  in the   course of perpetual war, against the Netherlands, France,  Portugal,   Protestant forces in the Holy Roman Empire and Great  Britain, was seen   by him with sympathy but he considered it an  unavoidable misfortune,   since he could not have been expected to  renounce his legitimate rights,   or to desert what he viewed as the  cause of God, the Church and the   House of Habsburg.

He was idealised by his contemporaries as the model    of Baroque kingship. Outwardly he maintained a bearing of rigid    solemnity, and was seen to laugh only three times in the course of his    entire public life. But, in private, his court was grossly corrupt.    Victorian historians prudishly attributed the early death of his eldest    son, Baltasar Carlos, to debauchery, encouraged by the gentlemen    entrusted by the king with his education. This shocked the king, but its    effect soon wore off. Philip IV died broken-hearted in 1665,  expressing   the pious hope that his surviving son, Carlos, would be  more fortunate   than himself. On his death, a catafalque was built in  Rome to   commemorate his life.

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