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1715 Fleet Shipwreck Coins

The 1715 fleet was a Spanish convoy of twelve ships bound for Spain from Havana laden with a wealth of New World gold and silver.  On Wednesday July 31, 1715, a devastating hurricane sank eleven of the fleet's ships off the east coast of Florida, in an area south of Melbourne to a point south of Fort Pierce.  Millions of dollars in gold and silver cobs, ingots, and other treasures along with hundreds of lives were lost.

Spanish salvage operations in the following years recovered much of the treasure, but the remaining riches rested on the ocean floor for almost 250 years until its discovery in the 1960's by Kip Wagner and the Real Eight Company along with their associate Mel Fisher.

Certificates of Authenticity accompany all 1715 Fleet Shipwreck treasure coins.  View a typical New World Treasures photo type Certificate of Authenticity.

 


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1715 Fleet - 4 Reales
Item#:  8240
Denomination:  4 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  (J) Not Visible
Weight:  12.9 grams
Diameter: 1.0-1.2 inches

Price:  $365.00  BUY ITEM

 

Shield type cob, Mexico mint, Philip V, assayer not visible (but J per the shield design), circa 1714-1715.  Cross side features include a nearly full cross with the castles and lions partially or fully visible in the cross quadrants.  Nice 75% full shield of the 1714 to 1715 period design with a bold denomination mark 4 at right.  Nicely shaped  4 reales coins like this are perfect for jewelry mounting.  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo type Certificate of Authenticity as seen in this example and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 3 - 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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1715 Fleet - 8 Reales
Item#:  15010
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  (J) Not Visible
Weight:  24.21 grams
Diameter: 1.3-1.7 inches

Price:  $495.00  SOLD

 

Shield type cob, Mexico mint, Philip V, assayer not visible (but J per the shield design), circa 1715.  Nice, nearly full cross with both castles and one lion clearly visible in the cross quadrants.  Bold, 75% full shield of the design of the year 1715 and with a light denomination mark 8 at right.  Struck on a desirably shaped planchet with both sides well centered.  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo type Certificate of Authenticity as seen in this example and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 3 - 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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2 Escudos
Item#:  16040
Denomination: 2 escudos
Mint:  Bogotá
Assayer:  ARCE (Not Visible)
Weight:  6.74 grams
Diameter:  .80 inches

Price:  $4995.00  BUY ITEM

 

Shield type 2 escudos, Philip V (Posthumous issue of Charles II struck during the reign of Philip V), Santa Fe de Bogotá mint, assayer Buenaventura de Arce (not visible but confirmed by the design), circa 1713 (per the shield side design), mint state with traces of sediment in the crevices.  Reverse: Excellent deep struck Jerusalem cross bordered by four double arcs with annulets at the intersections and fleur-de-lis in the quarters.  Obverse: Crowned Spanish Hapsburg shield with quarters of Castle and Leon at upper left and the emblem of Naples and Sicily at right all of the oversized design and of the 1713 time period.  The bottom third bears the escutcheon of Flanders and Tyrol in the center with three fleurs-de-lis, arranged in two rows, on each side (a design found only on coins of assayer ARCE.  To the right of the shield are the bottoms of the letters CA of the King's name CAROLOS (Charles II).  Charles II died in 1700 and was succeeded by Philip V in that year.  Thus, like all Bogotá 2 escudos gold cobs from this time period, this is a posthumous Charles II issue, struck well after his death during the reign of Philip V.  Supplied with the original Robert Marx certificate of authenticity along with a New World Treasures photo type Certificate of Authenticity and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 3 - 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.

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