1715 Fleet Shipwreck Spanish 1 Reale dated 1689 "Piece of 8" Sterling Silver Necklace | Artifact #3464

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A Rare Shipwreck Survivor... the 1 Reale 1715 Fleet Treasure Coin

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 "from the 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: 1689
  • Denomination: 1 Reale
  • Mint: Potosi, Upper Peru (modern-day Bolivia)
  • Assayer: VR
  • Ruler: King Charles II of Spain
  • Coin Metal: Silver
  • Bezel Metal: Proprietary, Non-Tarnishing Sterling Silver
  • Articulating Nautical Shackle Bail Interior Diameter: Will accommodate chain or leather necklace up to 5.8mm
  • Size: 1 1/8" Across, 1 1/2" Tall (Just a bit larger than a US quarter - nice pendant size and weight)
  • Obverse (Front): The Greek Cross
  • Reverse: (Back): Pillars & Waves

Note from Robert: Due to the size, possibly part of someone's personal cache. Rare denomination - less than 10% of the coins minted at this time were 1 reales. The majority were the large 8 reales.

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 with a "89" date on its lower left edge on the Pillars and Waves side. This one has a really nice full Pillars and Waves and "PLUS ULTRA" ("More Beyond the Pillars of Hercules"), and "P" mint mark

Shipwreck 1 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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Your 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Piece of Eight Pendant Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, 3 Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht, who used to dive on the 1715 Fleet
  3. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
  4. The Coins of the Lost Galleons Book
  5. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
  6. A Gift Box
  7. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card