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    RARE DATED 1715 Fleet Shipwreck 8 Reale Piece of Eight 14K Gold Pendant - NASA Frank Vaughn Collection | Artifact #9914

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    From our Exclusive Frank Vaughn Collection - a Rare 1715 Fleet 8 Reale - NASA Memorabilia

    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 its 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.

    Blackbeard was also prowling the Florida coast Caribbean at this time and drinking rum with Jennings!

    Your 1715 Fleet Shipwreck Treasure Coin

    • Date: 1702 - Rare double dated
    • Denomination: 8 Reale
    • Mint: Potosi, Upper Peru (present day Bolivia) RARE MINT - See below
    • Assayer: Y
    • Ruler: King Philip V of Spain
    • Coin Metal: Silver
    • Bezel Metal: 14K Gold
    • Obverse (Front): Jerusalem Cross
    • Reverse: (Back): Pillars and Waves
    • Articulating Nautical Shackle Bail inside diameter large enough to fit a high quality gold chain up to LARGE 9 mm 
    • Pendant size including bezel: 1 5/8" Across, 21/8 Tall  - The width of a silver dollar

    Note from Robert:WOW! You just don't see coins of this quality from the Fleet these days. Beautiful, deeply struck cross and shape. Amazing Pillars and Waves. Nice heavy full weight coin, removed form the inside of a "clump" of coins... the remains of a treasure chest.

    Very rare mint for the 1715 Fleet. Most coins from the Fleet were minted in Mexico City. Stunning details. Almost perfect "PLV SVL TRA" (More Beyond - see ling below), 8 denomination, "P" mint mark and both "Y" assayer's initials visible. Plus two visible dates. Most of the time only one is visible.

    We treasure hunters affectionately call pieces like these, "Key West Dog Tags." Sidle (yes, it's "sidle") up to an oyster bar and you will turn heads! 


    Frank Vaughn Collection: Cape Canaveral is at the northern edge of where the 1715 Fleet sank. This 1715 Fleet piece is from our Frank Vaughn collection!  It is exclusive to Cannon Beach Treasure Company. Mr. Vaughn was General Manager for the Bendix Launch Support Division in charge of NASA's Saturn V Crawler/Transporter program during the Apollo missions, including Apollo 11 and Apollo 13. 

    During that time, renowned Spanish archive researcher, the late Jack Haskins was the Bendix Corporation's pilot. Jack had taught himself how to read the complex, archaic Spanish shipwreck legajos (files) located in the Spanish archives in Seville. He used that information to search for the 1715 Fleet ships, among many others. Or course, Mr. Vaughn flew with Jack many times, and was an original investor in the Real Eight Company when salvage of the Fleet was just getting started in the 1960s. 

    Working with these coins reminds me of my early years diving on, filming and writing about historic shipwrecks. I featured Jack in my first documentary, The Treasure Experience, and while he was a very quiet and private man, he always had time to answer my many questions.

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

    1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
    2. A Detailed, Multi-Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
    3. 8 Page full color Mexico City mint Historic Brief by Robert
    4. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
    5. Frank Vaughn NASA Article
    6. RARE Vintage 1967 "Treasure of the Spanish Main" auction booklet 
    7. "PIECES OF EIGHT" by Kip Wagner
    8. The Coins of the Lost Galleons Book
    9. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
    10. Mini Museum Display for when you are not wearing your treasure
    11. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card