WHYDAH PIRATE SHIPWRECK 1717 BOLIVIA 8 REALES 1711 DATED!!
From the Only PIRATE SHIPWRECK ever recovered by Maritime Exploration Inc!! We've never had the privileged of listing one of these authentic pirate treasure coins before!! As per NGC only 7 pieces of this style have ever been certified, 5 in F (Fine) details holder and 2 in VF details.
The Whydah was a three-hundred ton galley, built as a merchant slaver to transport slaves to the New World. In 1717, Captain "Black Sam' Bellamy and his band of pirates captured the Whydah in the Caribbean and adopted the ship as their own, transferring treasure to her which they had plundered from other ships. After looting another 50 ships, Bellamy and his crew sailed north to Cape Cod where, according to local legend, Bellamy hoped to be reunited with his lover Maria Hallet. However, on April 26, 1717, a fierce northeastern wind caused the Whydah to run aground on the dangerous shoals and sink. Over 100 men drowned, including Captain Bellamy; only 8 survived. An attempt to salvage the Whydah failed and the surviving pirates were tried and all but two were hung.
Almost three centuries later, Cape Cod resident, Barry Clifford, discovered the Whydah's final resting place in 1982. Clifford's find was verified in 1985 with the recovery of the ship's bell inscribed, "The + Whydah + Gally + 1716".
This piece was certified on the 15th day of June 1996.
I am a free prince, and I have as much authority to make war on the whole world as he who has a hundred sail of ships at sea and an army of 100,000 men in the field; and this my conscience tells me! But there is no arguing with such sniveling puppies, who allow superiors to kick them about deck at pleasure.