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Atocha Complete Colombian gold bar #42, 1098 grams, marked with foundry/assayer SARGOSA / PECARTA an

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Atocha Complete Colombian gold bar #42, 1098 grams, marked with foundry/assayer SARGOSA / PECARTA an
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Complete Colombian gold bar #42, 1098 grams, marked with foundry/assayer SARGOSA / PECARTA and fineness XXI (21K), from the Atocha (1622). 11" x 1" x 1/2". Impressively long and uncut, but about half the thickness of the last lot, with flat top and bottom, sloping sides, somewhat rough texture except for the top, which is marked with fineness five times, rectangular foundry/assayer cartouche (weak in center, stronger on sides) and TEN partial (circular, dot-bordered) tax stamps, crude cylindrical assayer's bites at both ends, small spots of coral in just two places. The SARGOSA / PECARTA cartouche refers to the gold mine (foundry) at Zaragoza, Colombia, and an assayer (or similar official) whose exact name has not been determined (the letters of which were monogrammed together to make "PECARTA"). Zaragoza, on the shores of the Rio Nechi in the province of Antioquia, was home to one of the most prolific gold mines in the early 1600s, producing some 20 million pesos of gold from 1590 to 1645, and was represented by a caja real (royal treasury office) since 1582. With Fisher photo-certificate #042.