Spanish 1760 1 Reale Cob Pirate "Piece of Eight" Silver Pendant | Artifact #8375

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Please Note: This is an authentic Spanish 1 Reale Piece of Eight Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.

The silver coins recovered from Treasure Lights caches are known as the Pillars and Waves design. They are some of the most detailed and beautiful coins produced in the Spanish colonies, as the design actually tells the story of the “New World.” Read about this design below!

When we think of the treasure coins of pirate lore, the silver Spanish colonial coins of Central and South America immediately come to mind. Next time you read about the great pirates of long ago, Henry Morgan, Edward Teach (Blackbeard), John Rackham (Calico Jack), Mary Read, Anne Bonny and many others, these were the coins that drove their raiding and pillaging of land and sea! Even the great, and often maligned, “pirate hunter” Captain William Kidd used these coins to purchase rum and wine for his crew.

Crudely shaped and hand-hammered, these silver pieces of history are some of the most intriguing and beautiful coins ever minted. And because each coin was minted by hand, they are one of a kind. Unlike a machine minted coin, it is impossible for anyone else to posses a coin exactly like yours!

Your Spanish Cob Treasure Coin

  • Date: 1760
  • Denomination: 1 Reale
  • Mint: Potosi, Peru (present day Bolivia)
  • Assayer: "q" Luis de Quintanilla (1744 - 1760)
  • Ruler: King Charles III of Spain
  • Coin Metal: Silver
  • Bezel Metal: Proprietary, Non-Tarnishing Sterling Silver
  • Articulating Shackle Bail Interior Diameter: Will accommodate chain or leather necklace up to 5.8mm
  • Metalsmith: Robert Lewis Knecht
  • Size: 3/4" Across, 1 1/4" Tall
  • Obverse (Front): Jerusalem Cross
  • Reverse: (Back): The Pillars & Waves

Robert's Notes: This coin has a visible date, quality cross, and partial "PLVS VLTRA."

How Our Luces del Tesoro Coins are Discovered...

Virtually uncirculated, these silver Spanish cob coins were minted in Potosi, Peru (present day Bolivia) from the late 1500s through 1773 and buried not long after they were minted. Buried in the highly mineralized desert soil above 10,000 feet, locals searched the desolate rural lands on moon-less nights in decades past, in search of eerie glowing lights that hover near the ground. Known in South and Central American lore as Luces del Tesoro, or Luces del Denero ("Money Lights"), they would dig where these lights occurred and discovered coin caches.

A Note on the Pillars and Waves Design: While each coin does not have every detail, the most striking feature is the two upright “pillars” which represent the Pillars of Hercules; the waves below, the Atlantic Ocean. Starting in the 10 o’clock position there is a “P” for Potosi, next is a number for the denomination. Next is the assayer’s initial.  The two or three numerals above the center wave are the date. Through the center runs the phrase PLV SVL TRA – “Plus Ultra” – More Beyond the Pillars of Hercules. On the reverse is the crusaders cross, with lions and castles in the four quadrants representing the early Spanish kingdoms of Leon and Castile. Coins minted in the 1700s will have three digits, i.e. 737 for 1737. 

Your Spanish Cob Coin Pendant Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. A Detailed,10 Page Certificate of Authenticity Researched and Written by Robert Lewis Knecht
  3. Historic Brief: "Pieces of Eight"
  4. Historic Brief: How to Read Your Pillars & Waves "Piece of 8" Spanish Treasure Coin
  5. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
  6. A Gift Pouch
  7. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card