Note from Robert: This is one of the most stunning quality, double dated and rare Lima, Peru, mint coins that I have ever seen come off of the 1715 Fleet. It also comes with a Mel Fisher Cobb Coin Company Certificate of Authenticity from back in the 1980s, 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 18kt 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. In comparison, Lima, Peru 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")... and best of all two clear dates: 1696. And who wouldn't want a Certificate of Authenticity from Mel Fisher's Cobb Coin Company - 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 one 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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