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    RARE 1715 Fleet Shipwreck DATED 1713 1/2 Reale Piece of Eight 14K Gold Pendant - Mel Fisher Cobb Coin Company Collection | Artifact #4467

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    Rare Dated Half Reale - or "Piece of 8" and a Rare Mel Fisher Cobb Coin Company Certificate!

    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 "end of the bar," each has it's own unique shape - and combined with the sea wear and stunning patinas, each is a small work of art!

    What connection does the 1715 Fleet have to Pirates: These "pieces of 8" are also the famous coins of pirate legend and lore. The Spanish quickly began salvaging their fleet. But pirate Henry Jennings amassed a crew and attacked Spanish salvage camp in early 1716. They made off with upwards of 120,000 pieces of 8. Obviously, this coin survived that raid, and lay hidden for hundreds of years on the ocean bottom, to be salvaged only a few years ago.

    Your 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Treasure Coin

    • Dated: 16XX - Rare dated
    • Denomination: 12 Reale
    • Mint: Potosi, Upper Peru (present day Bolivia) RARE MINT SEE BELOW
    • Ruler: King Philip V of Spain
    • Coin Metal: Silver
    • Bezel Metal: 14K Gold
    • Articulating Nautical Shackle Bail with a 6.2mm inside diameter large enough to fit a high quality gold chain
    • Obverse (Front): Jerusalem Cross
    • Reverse: (Back):
      The Pillars and Waves (The Pillars of Hercules and Waves of the Atlantic Ocean)
    • Pendant size including bezel:  7/8" Across, 1 1/4" Tall - the diameter of a U.S. quarter

    Note from Robert: There are several things that make this piece quite unique and rare:

    • It is dated. Most 1715 Fleet coins didn't have visible dates.
    • Beautiful, well struck cross. Rare, top grade condition for the 1/2 reale denomination. Only about 7% of the coins struck at this time were this size. The majority recovered from the 1715 Fleet were the large 8 reales.
    • Rare mint for the 1715 Fleet. Most "Fleet" coins were Mexico City mint, This is Potosi, Upper Peru. 
    • It comes with its original, sealed Mel Fisher Cobb Coin Company Certificate of Authenticity from back in the 1970s and early '80s, during the "Glory Days of the 1715 Fleet." During this time, part of Mel's crew was searching for the Atocha off Key West (they discovered it in 1985).  

    This is true Treasure Hunter memorabilia - rare and valuable.

    Additional Coin and Certificate details: Shipwreck 1/2 reales in this top grade condition are rare - these smaller 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.

    It took me many hours to gently conserve and restore this coin.

    Someone long ago believed in the magic and mystery of treasure salvage, and this was part of their return for their monetary investment probably for the 1715 Fleet treasure hunting season the previous summer. True treasure hunter memorabilia. These notes will be kept with your detailed documentation package we provide, so its provenance isn't lost to time.   

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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 Full Color Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
    3. Cobb Coin Company Certificate of Authenticity with Original Seal and Coin Outline
    4. 10 page Historic Brief about the Potosi mint by Robert Lewis Knecht 
    5. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
    6. The Coins of the Lost Galleons Book
    7. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
    8. Mini Museum Display for when you are not wearing your treasure
    9. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card