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1736 Rooswijk 8 Reale Pillar Dollar - Grade 2

From the Dutch East India Company Ship Rooswijk Comes this Rare Pillar Dollar

On January 8, 1739, the 850 ton Rooswijk set sail from Trexel, Holland with the Dutch East India Company’s Christmas Fleet. This was to be her second voyage to the Dutch Indies (Indonesia) under Captain Dan Ronzieres. Her cargo was Mexican silver coins and a group of VOC silver bars specially minted in Amsterdam (mint mark A). Silver was the principal commodity used by the Dutch in their China trade.

One day out of port a North Sea gale caught the Christmas Fleet and Rooswijk was the unluckiest of the ships. She was driven onto Goodwin Sands, a treacherous set of shoals off the coast of Kent, and destroyed by the storm. Her wreck site could not be located by the Dutch, and nothing more was heard from Rooswijk for 266 years.

Your Rooswijk Shipwreck Treasure Coin:

  • Date: 1736
  • Denomination: 8 Reale
  • Mint: Mexico City, New Spain
  • Assayers: Manuel de la Pena & Fransisco de la Pena Flores
  • Ruler: King Philip 5th of Spain
  • Grade 2
  • Coin Metal: Silver
  • Obverse (Front): The Pillars and Waves
  • Reverse: (Back): The shield of King Philip 5th of Spain

And then, one summer day in 2004, a Cambridgeshire carpenter was diving on Goodwin Sands. In the unusually calm waters he spied an old wooden wreck, complete with timbers and intact crates. In the crates, he found Mexican silver coins and VOC ingots! Throughout the rest of that summer and the next, he and an archaeological salvage team recovered and identified the treasure of Rooswijk. An Admiralty court ruled the treasure the property of the Dutch government, and in December 2005, the treasure was returned. The Dutch government awarded a small portion of the treasure to the salvors, however, and it is from this share that your precious treasure comes.

To date, only 20,000 silver coins, many of them in remarkably good condition, have been recovered. A mass of domestic articles and artifacts including boxes of muskets were also recovered. The coins discovered include the extremely rare Pillar Dollars of Mexico City.
Of all the Spanish “Pieces of Eight,” or, more formally, Eight Reales, none is as coveted as the rare Pillar Dollar bearing the Pillars of Hercules, the Old and New Worlds, the Atlantic Ocean and the Spanish crown above all. A transitional currency bridging the small 40 year gap from 1732 to 1772 between the crude, hand-hammered “cob” Reales and the Portrait Dollars that would become the standard trade coins until the end of the Spanish colonial empire in the New World in 1825. The Pillar Dollar stands alone as one of the most beautiful coins ever struck.

Your Rooswijk Piece of Eight Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity
  3. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
  4. The Coins of the Lost Galleons Book
  5. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
  6. A Gift Box
  7. An Air-Tite Capsule and Coin Stand



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