El Cazador Shipwreck 1783 8 Reale "Piece of 8" 14K Gold & Silver Treasure Coin Necklace | Artifact #5311

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The Classic 8 Reale Silver "Piece of Eight" Pendant from the Shipwreck El Cazador

Please Note: This is an authentic El Cazador Shipwreck Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

From the personal collection of our old friend, El Cazador's Salvage Master, Craig Boyd - A Cannon Beach Treasure Exclusive. Includes the original coin insert personally signed by Craig Boyd.

Take a trip back in time... for over 300 years the Spanish ruled most of the Americas. Wars raged across Western Europe, in part due to the struggle to own and keep the New World.  Enter El Cazador, a Spanish Brig of War loaded with a silver treasure destined to relieve the failing economy of Spanish held New Orleans. The silver "Pieces of 8" she carried are often called America's first silver dollars.

Your El Cazador Shipwreck Treasure Coin

  • Date: 1783
  • Denomination: 8 Reale Portrait style
  • Mint: Mexico City, Nueva Espana (New Spain, present day Mexico)
  • Ruler: Charles III of Spain
  • Coin Metal: Silver
  • Bezel Metal: 14K Gold and Proprietary Non-Tarnishing Sterling Silver
  • Articulating Maritime Shackle Bail Interior Diameter: Will accommodate chain or leather necklace up to 5.8 mm
  • Metal Smith: Robert Lewis Knecht
  • Size: 1 3/4" Across, 2 1/8" Tall (the size of a U.S. Silver Dollar)
  • Obverse (Front): Portrait of Charles III
  • Reverse: (Back): The shield of Spain featuring the Lions (Leon) and Castles (Castile) and Pillars of Hercules

Note from Robert:  This beautiful 8 Reale is in Grade 1 condition on its portrait side, with sea wear on the Pillars side. It has a stunning date and details... the true silver dollar of the day. The portrait side was facing into another coin when it was removed from the remains of a treasure chest. A real "statement piece" pendant.  Us treasure hunters call these pieces, "Key West Dog Tags."

El Cazador set sail on January 11, 1784, and was never heard from again. Historians speculate that had El Cazador reached her destination, Spain may never have transferred ownership of New Orleans and the surrounding territory back to France in 1801 - a transfer that paved the way for the United States acquisition of the Louisiana territory in 1803. 200 years after El Cazador’s sinking, a butter-fish trawler, Mistake, snagged her nets 50 miles south of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. The crew held their breath as they raised what were sure to be damaged nets. Mysterious black clumps were all they found. While some crew members kicked them into the water, the cry of "COINS! COINS!" rang out. El Cazador, and her treasure, was found at last. Our old treasure salvor friend, Craig Boyd conducted the "delicate and dangerous" (as he describes it) process of bringing El Cazador's cargo to the surface in 2002.

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Your El Cazador Shipwreck Piece of Eight Necklace Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht and signed by Craig Boyd. Our Exclusive Certificate includes the history of why France lost New Orleans to Spain, and how France got it back, only for Napoleon to sell it to the United States.
  3. The original coin insert personally signed by Craig Boyd.
  4. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
  5. The Coins of the Lost Galleons Book
  6. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
  7. A Gift Box
  8. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card