Gifts from Heads of State
Three irregularly shaped gold hammered coins, denomination 2 escudos. Obverse is stamped with the crowned Hapsburg coat of arms. To the left of the coat of arms is the mint mark "NR" for "Nuevo Reino de Granada"and the assayer mark "A" for Anuncibay. The reverse shows the Jerusalem cross enclosed by four doubled arcs, fleurs-de-lis extend inward from the junctions of the arcs, with large annulets above the junctions. The surrounding legend (if complete) would read PHILIPUS III c. c. HISPANIAURUM REX." The coins are named for the place they were found, on the western side of the Magdalena River, the site of the sinking of a small vessel carrying gold to the Port of Cartagena in 1636.