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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#:  18040
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  P
Weight:  26.2
Diameter: 1.4-1.7 inches

Price:  $595.00  SOLD

 

Shield type cob, Mexico mint, Philip IV, assayer P, dated 1653.  Full cross with all lions and castles visible to varying degrees in the cross quadrants.  Nice full shield with mint and assayer marks oM and P at left and bottom of the digit 3 of the date 1653 visible at the 11 o'clock position along the edge.  If you tilt the coin in the light, you can make out the 165 of the date also, but it's ever so light.  A nicely shaped, heavy, well detailed coin.  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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Maravillas - 8 Reales
Item#:  16051
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  E
Weight:  24.5 grams
Diameter: 1.5 inches

Price:  $995.00  SOLD

 

Pillars and Waves type cob, Potosi mint, assayer E, dated 1654.  Excellent cross side details including a nice sharp full cross with all lions and castles visible in the cross quadrants along with a muddled mintmark P at left and lots of legend along the left side.  Equally nice pillars side details including PH above the pillars, denomination mark 8 below the PH, two assayer marks E at top right and bottom left, one mintmark P at bottom right, sharp 54 of the central date 1654 at bottom center above the waves and nearly complete PLV SVL TRA across the center.  An excellent Maravillas piece-of-eight coin.  Supplied with the original Marex photo type certificate of authenticity issued by Herbert Humphreys' company Marex Limited 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 original Marex photo type 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  SOLD

 

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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