Note from Robert: Beautiful cross and shape. Rare one reale denomination. Most of the 1715 Fleet coins were the larger four and eight reales headed to Spain to refill the royal coffers. Small denominations like this were most likely a part of a traveler's personal cache.
Frank Vaughn Collection: Cape Canaveral is at the northern edge of where the 1715 Fleet sank. This 1715 Fleet piece is from our Frank Vaughn collection! It is exclusive to Cannon Beach Treasure Company. Mr. Vaughn was General Manager for the Bendix Launch Support Division in charge of NASA's Saturn V Crawler/Transporter program during the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11 and Apollo 13.
During that time, renowned Spanish archive researcher, the late Jack Haskins was the Bendix Corporation's pilot. Jack had taught himself how to read the complex, archaic Spanish shipwreck legajos (files) located in the Spanish archives in Seville. He used that information to search for the 1715 Fleet ships, among many others. Or course, Mr. Vaughn flew with Jack many times, and was an original investor in the Real Eight Company when salvage of the Fleet was just getting started in the 1960s.
Working with these coins reminds me of my early years diving on, filming and writing about historic shipwrecks. I featured Jack in my first documentary, The Treasure Experience, and while he was a very quite and private man, he always had time to answer my many questions.
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