Pillars/Waves Mexico Colonial - Need Advice

Discussion in 'World Coins' started by coin0709, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. coin0709

    coin0709 CT Supporter

    Hi All,
    I have an opportunity to buy this coin privately. It appears to be a 8 reales (probably gold-plated) silver cob. Date appears to be 160? Assayer looks to be F over D. Overall strike and Condition looks excellent. Some bends and flattening consistent w this type.

    Expert opinions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    a modern metal cast one not authentic.
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  4. YoloBagels

    YoloBagels Well-Known Member

    A poorly made counterfeit 8 escudos. Pass.
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  5. coin0709

    coin0709 CT Supporter

    Wow, that was fast.
  6. YoloBagels

    YoloBagels Well-Known Member

    Spanish cob coins are probably the most faked series in all of numismatics. Ever since "pirates" made it into pop culture these things have been pumped out of gift shops and tourist traps around the world.

    Authentic cobs are pricey and have extraordinary premiums especially with gold escudos. Some of the fakes can be very high quality and sometimes trick experienced collectors. This is a series where you really gotta research and know your stuff before getting out there.
  7. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    yeah, sometimes too fast, give it awhile...

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    He could wait till the proverbial cows come home but it aint gonna change - it's a fake.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2021
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  9. robinjojo

    robinjojo Supporter! Supporter

    Don't buy it.

    If you are looking for a nice type 8 reales cob, check out Dan Sedwick's website.


    He also conducts auctions on a semiannual basis.
  10. jgenn

    jgenn World Crown Collector

    It's not clear what the nature of this transaction is but sometimes there is a reason why you get a "special" deal. Don't do it.
  11. coin0709

    coin0709 CT Supporter

    Thanks all. Crisis averted. I informed the unknowing novice seller that it was a fake and that I was no longer interested.
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