MEXICO 1714 8 ESCUDOS "1715 PLATE FLEET SHIPWRECK" ~ NGC 62 ~
This extremely large FLEET Gold Doubloon planchet (full 26.9 gm) displays an exquisite Shield with incredible details! Designated on grade tab “1715 FLEET” and in Full Mint State – 62 GRADE! Total population of ONLY 18, only a couple higher than this lofty MS 62! The denomination (XIII) to the right of the Shield is generally not legible or even present. The reverse side (CROSS) has NO doubling and is 100%, with legends of HISPANIARUM present as well. The color on this Gold Doubloon is incredible – very bright high carat quality that gives it that Australian gold look.
From the 1715 PLATE FLEET ~ this piece is consistent with all the other high quality pieces that were salvaged by the Real 8 co. at Douglas Beach site (Nieves Galleon), testifying to its Fleet orgins. Most of these pieces 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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