MEXICO 1714 8 ESCUDOS "1715 PLATE FLEET SHIPWRECK" ~ NGC 61 ~
THIS MINT STATE BEAUTIFUL GOLD “PIECES OF EIGHT” HAS HAD A 300 YEAR JOURNEY! RARELY SEEN, THIS COB HAS A FULL 4 DIGIT DATE!!! THE STRIKE IS IS INCREDIBLE AND CERTAINLY REFLECTS IT’S MINT STATE GRADE, A VERY DEEP AND BOLD STRIKE INDEED AND ABSENT OF ANY DOUBLING! THE CROSS SIDE HAS THE SAME DEEP STRIKE! THE LUSTER ON THIS GOLD DOUBLOON IS WHAT SPEAKS TO ME THE MOST, JUST A STUNNING PIECE! WEIGHING IN AT A FULL WEIGHT OF 26.9grams. ASSAYER ~ M (FELIX CRISTOBAL CANO MEGAREJO).
From the 1715 PLATE FLEET ~ this piece is consistent with all the other Uncirculated high quality pieces, which were salvaged by the Real 8 co. from the Douglas Beach site (Galleon ~ Nieves), testifying to its Fleet origins. Many of which were originally sold in the Real 8 auctions between 1964-1977.
The Nuesta Senora de las Nieves y las Aminas (under Captain- General Ubilla and captained by Francisco de Soto Sanchez), who actually owned this vessel, built in Portugal, coming in only at 192.5 tons with a dozen cannons wrecked at Frederick Douglas Park (Douglas Beach). The Nieves’ manifest registered 44,000 pesos of GOLD on board. This wreck site was NOT worked by Spanish salvors of the day, who concentrated their efforts on the larger vessels for the next four yrs. This galleon had vast amounts of contraband and modern day salvagers brought up gold and silver bars “without tax stamps,” as well as emerald studded rings and jewelry. Indeed, this is the site where Bob Weller brought up the famed “golden rosary” with a 6’ chain.
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