1715 Fleet Shipwreck 1 Reale Piece of Eight 14K Gold Necklace - NASA Frank Vaughn Collection | Artifact #5096

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From our Exclusive Frank Vaughn Collection - a Rare 1715 Fleet One Reale - NASA Memorabilia

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 its own unique shape - and combined with the sea wear and stunning patinas, each is a small work of art!


Your 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Treasure Coin

  • Date: circa 1710
  • Denomination: 1 Reale
  • Mint: Mexico City, Mexico 
  • Assayer: Not visible
  • Ruler: King Philip V of Spain
  • Coin Metal: Silver
  • Bezel Metal: 14K 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
  • Size: 3/4" Across, 1 1/2" Tall  (Slender, the diameter of a US quarter, very pleasing shape)
  • Obverse (Front): Florenzada Cross
  • Reverse: (Back): Shield of Philip V of Spain

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

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
  3. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
  4. Frank Vaughn NASA Article
  5. The Coins of the Lost Galleons Book
  6. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
  7. A Gift Box
  8. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card

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