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Capitana Shipwreck Coins

The Spanish galleon Jesus Maria de la Limpia Concepcion, better known as the “Capitana”, was lost in 1654 after striking a reef system off Chanduy Ecuador.  The huge galleon served as the command ship, the captain's ship or "Capitana" of the 1654 South Sea Armada, and due to her size and stature, carried the bulk of the fleets treasure.  Estimates place the amount at nearly 10 million pesos of silver, well above the annual production of the combined mints of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru.

Most of the “Capitana's” treasure was promptly salvaged by the Spanish only to be lost two years later with the wreck of the Maravillas.  The wreck was rediscovered and salvaged in 1997; see Dave Horner's account of the salvage in his book "Shipwreck, A Saga of Sea Tragedy and Sunken Treasure".

Certificates of Authenticity accompany all Capitana Shipwreck treasure coins.
View a Capitana certificate of authenticity issued by New World Treasures, LLC.
View a Capitana certificate of authenticity issued by Atlantic Treasure Coins, Inc.

 


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Capitana - 8 Reales
Item#:  15091
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  O
Weight:  NGC Encapsulated
Diameter: 1.5-1.6 inches

Price:  $895.00  SOLD

 

Shield type cob, Potosi mint, assayer O, circa 1650-51.  Nice full cross with all lions and castles visible in the cross quadrants along with a lot of visible legend along the edge between the 9 and 12 o'clock position.  Equally nice full shield with the mint and assayer marks P and O at left, crowned L countermark near the center and a lot of visible legend.  This large, uncorroded coin has nicely centered details and is NGC encapsulated certifying it's genuine.  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo certificate of authenticity and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 2 - 1654 Capitana & 1655 Almiranta" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.  View an example of a New World Treasures style certificate.


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Capitana - 8 Reales
Item#:  15094
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  E
Weight:  25.4 grams
Diameter: 1.5-1.6 inches

Price:  $995.00  SOLD

 

Pillars and Waves type cob, Potosi mint, assayer E, dated 1653.  Nice, slightly double struck full cross with all lions and castles visible in the cross quadrants along with two mintmarks P at left (due to double strike), assayer mark E at right and full 653 of the date 1653 below.  Equally nice pillars side details including bold pillars with the waves below, PH at top center below the crown, denomination mark 8 below the PH, both mint marks P at top left and bottom right, one assayer mark E at top right, almost complete central PLV SVL TRA, the letters TOS of the mint name POTOSI along the right edge and bold central date 1653 at bottom center.  An excellent second year issue Capitana piece-of-eight coin and nice in that all three mintmarks are clearly visible along with two out of three assayer marks and dates.  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo certificate of authenticity and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 2 - 1654 Capitana & 1655 Almiranta" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.  View an example of a New World Treasures style certificate.


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Capitana - 4 Reales
Item#:  4355
Denomination:  4 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  E
Weight:  13.7 grams
Diameter: 1.2 inches

Price:  $595.00  BUY ITEM

 

Pillars and Waves type cob, Potosi mint, assayer E, partial date (16)5(3 or 4).  Nicely centered, 75% full cross with a boldly struck castle and lion visible in the upper cross quadrants along the assayer mark E at right.  Equally nice pillars side details with both pillars mostly visible along with the mintmark P at upper left, assayer mark E at lower left, and denomination mark 4 at top center between the pillars.  A nice full weight 4 reales coin and in high demand for jewelry mounting.  Supplied with an Atlantic Treasure Coins photo type certificate of authenticity, a New World Treasures photo type certificate of authenticity and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 2 - 1654 Capitana & 1655 Almiranta" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.  View an example of an Atlantic Treasure Coins and New World Treasures style certificate.

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