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Silver "tumbaga" bar #M-148, 3841.9 grams, fineness IV@L (1550/2400), with two tax stamps of Charles

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / Shipwreck Ingots Start Price:6,000.00 USD Estimated At:6,000.00 - 9,000.00 USD
Silver  tumbaga  bar #M-148, 3841.9 grams, fineness IV@L (1550/2400), with two tax stamps of Charles
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6,000.00USDto jrobin9627+ (1,140.00) buyer's premium. + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2018 Nov 02 @ 12:58UTC-4 : AST/EDT
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Silver "tumbaga" bar #M-148, 3841.9 grams, fineness IV@L (1550/2400), with two tax stamps of Charles I (Emperor Charles V), from the "Tumbaga wreck" (ca. 1528), ex-Armstrong Personal Collection, Garcia Plate. 10-1/2" x 4" x 3/4". A very smooth and tidy bar with just three marked places on top: two partial tax stamps (small, circular) near each end, one with ARO and the other with ROLV (of CAROLVS) visible; plus a cluster in the middle showing the fineness in three parts (IV, @ and L, the last one upside-down) with what look like small x's or s's in boxes above and below. The bottom of the bar is rougher and shows some gold color. One corner bears a sharply cut "bite" where the assayer removed silver for testing before marking the fineness. Pedigreed to the personal collection of conservator D.R. Armstrong, with his photo-certificate, and plated in the second edition of Tumbaga Saga (2018), by Agustin Garcia-Barneche.