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  • Description

    Ingot; silver; rectangular; marked with a series of stamps and date.

  • Date

    • 1653
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 21.1 centimetres
    • Width: 4.8 centimetres
    • Weight: 1736.5 grammes
  • Inscriptions

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  • Curator's comments

    See object file for images of two comparable Spanish silver/gold ingots from 16th century.

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  • Acquisition notes

    Christie's Sale of Spanish Art (Treasure from the Maravillas and other works of art) 28 May 1992, lot.118. Recovered from the wreck of the Spanish galleon, the Maravillas, which sunk in the Bahamas Channel on New Years' Day 1656.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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Ingot; silver; rectangular; marked with a series of stamps and date.



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