1715 FLEET TREASURE MEXICO 1712 8 REALES JEWELRY PIRATE GOLD SHIPWRECK COINS
Mexico 8 Reales 1712 "Dated!! From the 1715 Flet Shipwreck!" RAW and will be putting into jewelry but wanted to give people a chance before we put a bezel on this piece! 25.96 grams. Very Large Flan/ Planchet with a full date and very bold oMJ, no corrosion! Comes with original Real Eight Co. certificate signed by Lous Ullian!
In the evening of July 30, 1715 , seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, 11 of the 12 ships of this fleet were lost in a hurricane near present day Vero Beach, Florida. Because the fleet was carrying silver, it is also known as the 1715 Plate Fleet (plata being the Spanish word for silver plate). Some artifacts and even coins still wash up on Florida beaches from time to time. Around 1,000 sailors perished while a small number survived on lifeboats. Many ships, including pirates, took part in the initial salvage. Initially a privateer, Henry Jennings was first accused of piracy for attacking such salvage ships and claiming their salvages. Thus, earning this coinage the name of “Pirate’s Gold!”