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169 E. Flagler Street, Ste #1035 Miami, FL 33131 , United States Call Seller 305.788.3019


Atocha Shipwreck 8 Reale Grade 1 Assayer Q Coin

$ 7,850
  • Description
    Original antique Atocha Coin 8 Reale Grade 1 with the original Mel Fisher certificate.

    Grade 1 dictates that the coin was retrieved from the very middle of the pack in the wreckage with very little corrosion relative to Grade 2 or 3. The Potosi Mint signifies that the coin was minted in northern Peru, modern-day Bolivia.

    An 8 Reales silver coin was approximately equivalent to one month’s pay for a sailor in the 1600’s.

    Atocha Coin
    - Grade: Grade 1
    - Denomination: 8 Reale
    - Reign: King Philip III of Spain
    - Mint: P (Potosi)
    - Assayer: Q
    - Weight: 27.50 Grams
    - Date: Not Visible
    - Origin: BK 2
    - Coin Metal: Silver
    - Bezel Metal: Proprietary, non-tarnishing sterling silver
    - Front-Side: Greek Cross
    - Reverse-Side: The shield of King Philip III of Spain

    In Person Observation:

    - The Coin has a thick planchet and darker color character. The obverse has a clean Greek cross. The reverse bears a superbly visible shield with the Assayer and Mint on full display.
    - Less than 4% of the coins recovered from Atocha we struck at the Mexico City mint, as most were minted in Potosi, Peru (Modern-Day Bolivia), where most of the Spanish crown's silver shipped through the Spanish Main landed.

    Atocha History:

    On September 6th, 1622, a ship named "Nuestra Señora de Atocha" (Our Woman of Spring) from the Kingdom of Spain bearing gold, gems, and other valuables to The New World capsized off the coast of Key West in Florida, sinking the treasure for hundreds of years.

    This all changed in 1969 when a team of scuba divers led by American treasure hunter Mel Fisher began searching the seabeds in the Florida Keys for the missing treasure. After an arduous expedition, a radio call went out from Fisher's son, Kane Fisher, who jubilantly exclaimed that the team had finally found the Spanish treasure.

    Amid the priceless discovery, the State of Florida's government claimed title to the shipwreck, thus commencing a legal battle that would last eight years. On 1 July 1982, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of Fisher's team and awarded it the rights to the entirety of the shipwrecked treasure.

    In 2014, Nuestra Señora de Atocha was added to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most valuable shipwreck to be recovered, as it was carrying roughly 40 tons of gold and silver and 71 lb worth of Colombian emeralds, among other artifacts.
  • More Information
    Period: Pre 18th Century
    Condition: Good.
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 706601
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