Note from Robert: This is one of the most stunning quality, full dated and rare Potosi, Upper Peru (Bolivia), mint coins that I have ever seen come off of the 1715 Fleet. It also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity personally hand-signed by Mel Fisher himself back in the 1970s, during the "Glory Days of the 1715 Fleet." (SEE VIDEO BELOW ABOUT THIS CERTIFICATE) During this time, part of his crew was searching for the Atocha off Key West (they discovered it in 1985). That is why I bezeled it in 14kt gold, giving it a regal look and feel, fit for a king or queen... or pirate!
Most of the coins recovered from "The Fleet" were minted in Mexico City and were the large eight reales. In comparison, Potosi, mint coins are extremely rare, especially in this high quality condition. This one has a stunning cross, full Pillars and Waves and "PLUS ULTRA" ("More Beyond the Pillars of Hercules"), all thee Assayers initials "V" and all three "P" Mint marks ... and best of all a clear date: 1682. And who wouldn't want a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Mel himself! True Treasure Hunter memorabilia! It also comes with our detailed, multi-page Certificate of Authenticity, a copy of Coins of the Lost Galleons and all the other goodies!
Shipwreck two reales like this one are rare as it is - these small coins are at the mercy of the ocean unless they are protected either in 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).
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