Small, thick, brick-like "tumbaga" silver bar #1128, marked with assayer/owner B~Vo 5lb

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Small, thick, brick-like  tumbaga  silver bar #1128, marked with assayer/owner B~Vo 5lb
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Small, thick, brick-like "tumbaga" silver bar #1128, marked with assayer/owner B~Vo, serial RCxxx and fineness, rare as uncleaned. 6-3/4" x 3" x 1" weight 5 lb 4 oz av. Like the last lot, this bar was among a handful that were sold at auction prior to cleaning, although this one is not so dark and coppery, just has some spots of coral encrustation on the top, the bottom more or less smooth and showing all the markings, boldly impressed but a little smoothed over, the serial number and B~Vo above the fineness 9cccxxx (830/2400 = 34.6% fine), which is rather low for such a visibly silver-looking bar. The assayer's "bite" appears on a top corner, as is typical for this somewhat standard shape among the "tumbaga" bars. Curiously to the right of the fineness is a rubbed-out spot that appears to have been a previous fineness marking in an earlier style, indication of re-assaying that is known to have occurred on many of these bars. From the "Tumbaga wreck" (ca. 1528), and pedigreed to the Christie's (London) auction of April 28, 1993, with original lot-tag #272 and with original Gordus assay report from 1993.