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    EXTREMELY RARE Full 1712 4 Digit date 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Rare 8 Reale Piece of Eight 18K Gold Necklace - Hand Signed Mel Fisher Certificate | Artifact #4063

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    Stunning, Fully Dated 1712 8 Reale, with Rare Hand-Signed Mel Fisher Certificate of Authenticity!

    Please Note: This is an authentic 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

    One of the most famed treasure fleets of all time, the 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet yields some of the most stunning examples of early 1700's silver Spanish "cob" shipwreck treasure coins.

    Crudely minted cob coins - short for cabo de barra, or "end of the bar," each has it's own unique shape - and combined with the sea wear and stunning patinas, each is a small work of art!

    What connection does the 1715 Fleet have to Pirates: These "pieces of 8" are also the famous coins of pirate legend and lore. The Spanish quickly began salvaging their fleet. But pirate Henry Jennings amassed a crew and attacked Spanish salvage camp in early 1716. They made off with upwards of 120,000 pieces of 8. Obviously, this coin survived that raid, and lay hidden for hundreds of years on the ocean bottom, to be salvaged only a few years ago.

    Your 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Treasure Coin

    • Date: FULL 4 DIGIT DATE 1712 (SEE ROBERT'S NOTES BELOW)
    • Denomination: 8 Reale
    • Mint: "oM" Mexico City, Nueva Espana (present day Mexico)
    • Ruler: King Philip V of Spain
    • Coin Metal: Silver
    • Bezel Metal: 18K Gold
    • Metal Smith: Robert Lewis Knecht
    • Articulating Nautical Shackle Bail with a 5.8mm inside diameter large enough to fit a high quality gold chain
    • Obverse (Front): The Florenzada Cross
    • Reverse: (Back): The shield of King Philip V of Spain
    • Size:  1 5/8" Across, 2" Tall - pendant including the bezel is the diameter of a U.S. silver dollar 

    Note from Robert: This is about as rare as it gets! Over the years, I have only had the honor to work with a handful of coin of this rarity "The Fleet." This si whay I set this in 18K gold.

    Less than 3% of the Mexico City mint coins from this time period have visible dates, let alone 4 digit dates. Then add the following:

    • Full 4 digit date: 1712
    • Recovered from the 1715 Fleet
    • Hand signed Certificate of Authenticity by Mel Fisher, dated May 17, 1966, and countersigned by George Havenner  
    • Stunning, perfectly centered cross
    • Almost perfect full shield  

    This coin was recovered during the Glory Days of the 1715 Fleet, only a few years after Fisher and his family moved to Florida to hunt treasure, and just before they began the search for Atocha off Key West.   

    This is true Treasure Hunter memorabilia - rare and valuable.

    Additional Coin and Certificate details: Shipwreck coins in this top grade condition are rare. They were often protected from the ocean in either a conglomerate ("clump") of coins that was once a treasure chest, or attached to an "EO" Encrusted Object usually containing iron objects that were part of the ship's fittings, and act as a sacrificial metal, protecting the coin from the harsh salt and heavy wave action environment.

    It took me many hours to gently conserve and restore this coin.

    When I first got my start treasure diving "The Fleet" over 30 years ago, one of the "old timers" I used to dive with told me that after a long day treasure diving, Mel used to sit on his porch, with a glass of rum, overlooking the ocean off Vero Beach, and sign these Certificates. 

    Someone long ago believed in the magic and mystery of treasure salvage, and purchased this piece from Mel or one of his family or divers long ago. True treasure hunter memorabilia. These notes will be kept with your detailed documentation package we provide, so its provenance isn't lost to time.   

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    Your 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Piece of Eight Pendant Comes Complete with:

    1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
    2. A Detailed, 3 Page Full Color Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
    3. Cobb Coin Company Certificate of Authenticity with Original Seal and Coin Outline
    4. 8 Page Full Color Historic Brief about the Mexico City Mint by Robert Lewis Knecht
    5. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
    6. The Coins of the Lost Galleons Book
    7. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
    8. Mini Museum Display for when you are not wearing your treasure
    9. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card