Some of you that know me, know that I own a coin company and buy and sell coins for a living.
Hence the name "Coindork" is not just a play on "coin door" and has double meaning.
Anyhow, recently I picked up a Stern Pirates of the Caribbean and was looking at the play field art today.
Props to whomever did the art design on this because the coin used in the art package all appear to be genuine coins that are contemporary to the time period.
The coins are laid out in a photoshop and are a bit pixelated, but several of them I was able to identify as to what they are.
Common slang for the silver would be "pieces of 8" and "doubloons for the gold"
Most of the cold coins appear to be Peruvian 8 Escudos struck in Lima in the 1700s.
Exactly the kind of coins you would find on the 1715 Plate Fleet shipwrecks off the coast of Florida.
There are a few different pieces incorporated in the art, but mainly you see the same pieces used over again in photoshop.
Most notably there is a 1710 example.
One of the other coins that stood out to me is a Mexican Klippe 8 Reales.
This type was only stuck for 2 years 1733-1734 when the mint in Mexico city was incorporating new machinery, so its pretty easy to nail that one down to pretty precise time frame.
This is the piece right at the tip of the sword on the left in the second image.
The large round silver coins are probably the most interesting (and the rarest).
They used the same images repeatedly, but it looks like there are two distinct round silver cobs (one from Mexico City and one from Potosi Bolivia).
Spanish colonial silver coins in this time period were not typically produced round like this.
They are often referred to as "cobs", a word that probably derives from "cabo de barra' (end of the bar).
They basically just cut lumps of silver off the end of a bar and stamped it and for that reason are normally irregular in shape.
Round pieces like the ones on the play field were made for a special purpose.
The one that seems to be used the most on the play field art is a 1680 Mexican Royal 8 Reales (which is an extremely rare coin).
Not sure where they got these images (museum possibly), but they actually picked out some rare and interesting coins that are period correct for pirate lore.
I posted an image of a 1609 Royal 8 reales as I couldn't find an image of a 1680 on the web.
The coins are not mine, pulled them off a database from past auction sales.
Anyhow, this was just me nerding out with my new machine and though this was pretty cool and I would share.