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Maravillas Shipwreck Coins

The Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas, the almiranta of the 1654-1656 Spanish treasure fleet, was lost on January 4th, 1656 in the shallow waters of Little Bahama Bank, when she was struck by the lead Capitana while executing evasive maneuvers to steer clear of the shallows.  All but 45 of the 650 passengers on board perished.  The shipwreck and her treasure was discovered more than 300 years later by Robert Marx in August 1972 and then salvaged a second time by Herbert Humphreys in 1987.

Certificates of Authenticity accompany all Maravillas Shipwreck treasure coins.
View a Maravillas certificate of authenticity issued by New World Treasures, LLC.
View a Maravillas certificate of authenticity issued by Herbert Humphreys' company Marex Limited

 


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Maravillas - 8 Reales
Item#:  16047
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  P
Weight:  25.2
Diameter: 1.4-1.6 inches

Price:  $495.00  SOLD

 

Shield type cob, Mexico mint, Philip IV, assayer P, dated (16)5(0-5).  Nice full cross with both lions and one castle visible in the cross quadrants.  Beautiful full shield with bold mint and assayer marks oM and P at left and denomination mark 8 at right.  Also visible at the 10 o'clock position on the shield side is the digit 5 of the date 1650-1655.  A very interestingly shaped, well detailed coin.  Supplied with the original Marex 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 Herbert Humphreys' Marex Limited style certificate.


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Maravillas - 8 Reales
Item#:  16050
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  E
Weight:  25.8 grams
Diameter: 1.5-1.6 inches

Price:  $995.00  BUY ITEM

 

Pillars and Waves type cob, Potosi mint, assayer E, dated 1654.  Nice, slightly double struck full cross with all lions and castles visible the cross quadrants along with 654 of the date 1654 below.  Excellent pillars side details including the denomination mark 8 at top center, complete central PLV SVL TRA, one assayer marks E at bottom left, one mint mark P at bottom right and sharp 54 of the central date 1654 at bottom center.  An excellent Maravillas piece-of-eight coin.  Supplied with the original Marex 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 Herbert Humphreys' Marex Limited style certificate.


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Maravillas Wreck - 2 Escudos
Item#:  6006
Denomination: 2 escudos
Mint:  Bogotá
Assayer:  R
Weight:  NGC Slabbed
Diameter: .80 inches

Price:  $5995.00  BUY ITEM

 

Shield type 2 escudos, Santa Fe de Bogotá mint, Philip IV, assayer R, dated 1655 - rare in that this coin is the only fully dated 1655 recovered from the wreck of the Maravillas, verified as an authentic Maravillas Treasure coin by NGC and graded NGC mint state MS 63.   Observe:  Crowned Hapsburg coat of arms, mintmark is to the right (NR for Nuevo Reino - not visible on this coin), to the left is the denomination mark (II) above assayer’s initial (R for Ramos).  Reverse: Cross of Jerusalem enclosed by four doubled arcs, fleurs-de-lis extend inward from the junctions of the arcs, large annulets above the junctions, the legend (if complete) would read  Hispaniarum :  Rex : 1655 (note the full 4 digit 1655 date).  This coin was was owned by an original principal of Marex, the company that salvaged the site in the late 1980’s; see Capt Humphrey’s account of the salvage in his book "In Search of the Golden Madonna".  Supplied with 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 a New World Treasures style certificate.

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