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    1659    Philip IV      22-carat ingot     Mexico City

    Weight:  4.83 ounces   (137.0 grams)

    Dimensions:  125 mm long x 14 mm wide x 7 mm thick

    Comments:  The square stamp on the left end of the ingot bearing an 'M' with the small 'o' above indicates mintage in Mexico City. Just to the right is a crowned stamp bearing an monogram PVS indicating the monarch, Philip IV, this is the royal stamp showing the Quinto or "fifth" tax had been paid to the king's agents. The Quinto was a lucrative royal tax requiring everyone to pay the king the equivalent of one-fifth the value of all their income and assets. The small round stamped P to the right is the initial of the anonymous assayer who produced coins during 1622-1667 (see Pellicer i Bru, Glosario, pp. 40 and 167). Again to the right is a large stamped 'V' for the weight, which equalled 5 old Spanish ounces followed by a round crowned stamp bearing the date 1659. Finally, the obverse rim of an 8 escudos piece is stamped twice on the far right end of the ingot. Recovered from the 1733 Fleet Wreck by Mel Fisher.

    Provenance:  From the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Collection. Acquired by Mr. Gore from Armada research Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Treasure Salvors on May 6, 1973.


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    1659    Philip IV      22-carat ingot     Mexico City

    Weight:  4.68 ounces   (132.8 grams)

    Dimensions:  116 mm long x 14 mm wide x 7 mm thick

    Comments:  The square stamp on the left end of the ingot bearing an 'M' with the small 'o' above indicates mintage in Mexico City. Just to the right is a crowned stamp bearing an monogram PVS indicating the monarch, Philip IV, this is the royal stamp showing the Quinto or "fifth" tax had been paid to the king's agents. The Quinto was a lucrative royal tax requiring everyone to pay the king the equivalent of one-fifth the value of all their income and assets. The small round stamped P to the right is the initial of the anonymous assayer who produced coins during 1622-1667 (see Pellicer i Bru, Glosario, pp. 40 and 167). Again to the right is a large stamped 'V' for the weight, which equalled 5 old Spanish ounces followed by a round crowned stamp bearing the date 1659. Finally, the obverse rim of an 8 escudos piece is stamped once on the far right end of the ingot. Recovered from the 1733 Fleet Wreck by Mel Fisher.

    Provenance:  From the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Collection. Acquired by Mr. Gore from Armada research Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Treasure Salvors on May 6, 1973.


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    1659    Philip IV      22-carat ingot     Mexico City

    Weight:  5.01 ounces   (142.1 grams)

    Dimensions:  145 mm long x 14 mm wide x 7 mm thick

    Comments:  The square stamp on the left end of the ingot bearing an 'M' with the small 'o' above indicates mintage in Mexico City. Just to the right is a crowned stamp bearing an monogram PVS indicating the monarch, Philip IV, this is the royal stamp showing the Quinto or "fifth" tax had been paid to the king's agents. The Quinto was a lucrative royal tax requiring everyone to pay the king the equivalent of one-fifth the value of all their income and assets. The small round stamped P to the right is the initial of the anonymous assayer who produced coins during 1622-1667 (see Pellicer i Bru, Glosario, pp. 40 and 167). Again to the right is a large stamped 'V' for the weight, which equalled 5 old Spanish ounces followed by a round crowned stamp bearing the date 1659. Finally, the obverse rim of an 8 escudos piece is stamped twice on the far right end of the ingot. Recovered from the 1733 Fleet Wreck by Mel Fisher.

    Provenance:  From the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Collection. Acquired by Mr. Gore from Armada research Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Treasure Salvors on May 6, 1973.


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    1659    Philip IV      22-carat ingot     Mexico City

    Weight:  5.09 ounces   (144.6 grams)

    Dimensions:  140 mm long x 14 mm wide x 7 mm thick

    Comments:  The square stamp on the left end of the ingot bearing an 'M' with the small 'o' above indicates mintage in Mexico City. Just to the right is a crowned stamp bearing an monogram PVS indicating the monarch, Philip IV, this is the royal stamp showing the Quinto or "fifth" tax had been paid to the king's agents. The Quinto was a lucrative royal tax requiring everyone to pay the king the equivalent of one-fifth the value of all their income and assets. The small round stamped P to the right is the initial of the anonymous assayer who produced coins during 1622-1667 (see Pellicer i Bru, Glosario, pp. 40 and 167). Again to the right is a large stamped 'V' for the weight, which equalled 5 old Spanish ounces followed by a round crowned stamp bearing the date 1659. Finally, the obverse rim of an 8 escudos piece is stamped twice on the far right end of the ingot. Recovered from the 1733 Fleet Wreck by Mel Fisher.

    Provenance:  From the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Collection. Acquired by Mr. Gore from Armada research Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Treasure Salvors on May 6, 1973.


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    1659    Philip IV      22-carat ingot     Mexico City

    Weight:  5.36 ounces   (151.9 grams)

    Dimensions:  175 mm long x 14 mm wide x 6 mm thick

    Comments:  The square stamp on the left end of the ingot bearing an 'M' with the small 'o' above indicates mintage in Mexico City. Just to the right is a crowned stamp bearing an monogram PVS indicating the monarch, Philip IV, this is the royal stamp showing the Quinto or "fifth" tax had been paid to the king's agents. The Quinto was a lucrative royal tax requiring everyone to pay the king the equivalent of one-fifth the value of all their income and assets. The small round stamped P to the right is the initial of the anonymous assayer who produced coins during 1622-1667 (see Pellicer i Bru, Glosario, pp. 40 and 167). Again to the right is a round crowned stamp bearing the date 1659, this is followed by a large stamped 'V' for the weight, which equalled 5 old Spanish ounces. Finally, the obverse rim of an 8 escudos piece is stamped twice on the far right end of the ingot. Recovered from the 1733 Fleet Wreck by Mel Fisher

    Provenance:  From the Robert H. Gore, Jr. Numismatic Collection. Acquired by Mr. Gore from Armada research Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Treasure Salvors on May 6, 1973.


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