Gold bar ingot from the 1715 Fleet, 915 grams, marked with fineness XXII (22K), tax stamp

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Gold bar ingot from the 1715 Fleet, 915 grams, marked with fineness XXII (22K), tax stamp
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Gold bar ingot from Colombia, 915 grams, marked with fineness XXII (22K), circular tax stamp and foundry BARBACO(A)S, ex-1715 Fleet, ex-Anderson, Craig and Richards Plate. 5-1/4" x 1-1/2" x 1/2". A complete, wide, rectangular ingot with rounded bottom and relatively flat top with a wealth of markings interspersed with natural ripples from the metal-cooling process, including fineness XXII in a box at one end and a nearly full crowned-shield tax stamp in center, between which is a large and fairly clear rectangular assayer/foundry cartouche with dotted border containing the name (B)ARBACO(A)S, the same as seen on a very similar ingot we sold in 2015 but with a different part of the cartouche visible (which we mistakenly called BARBAROSA), both ingots in fact featured in the Craig and Richards book as being among five high-karat gold bars found "in one day by divers from John Brandon's M/V Endeavor working the 1715 site commonly called 'Corrigan's' at Vero Beach," the design of their markings leading us to conclude they were cast in Colombia, in which we now note there is an important gold-mining town in Narino Department called Barbacoas, no doubt where this bar was produced. From the 1715 Fleet, with original Cobb Coin Co. photo-certificate 255 from 1983 (748 points) and official re-issued photo-certificate (1000 points), plated on page 114 and back cover of Spanish Treasure Bars (2003), by Craig and Richards, a copy of which accompanies this lot, also pedigreed to the collection of Don Anderson (the investor originally responsible for computerization of the Treasure Salvors division records, mentioned several times in The Search for the Atocha [1979], by Eugene Lyon)