This coin was recovered from the famed Shipwreck of the Consolacion. This coin is in great shape after spending over 300 years lying on the sea floor in the Gulf of Guayaquil. The coin was recovered by ROBCAR and awarded to the company after division with Patrimony Cultural in Ecuador. The coin has a bold, centered (but incomplete) cross with a bold lion and obverse has a partial monogram for Carlos II.
The coin is fairly thick and doesn't have the usual "razor blade edges" This coin is rare from this and all shipwrecks as the 1/2 reals are so small they usually didn't survive the harsh elements. A Spanish Armada del Sur (South Sea Armada) galleon, was lost in 1681 after striking a reef near Santa Clara Island, (Isla el Muerto) in the bay of Guayaquil. The story goes that a delay in receiving silver coins from the mint in Potosi prevented the.Santa Maria de la Consolacion. From sailing with the rest of the armada from Callao. On Santa Clara island, nicknamed Isla de Muerto (Island of the Dead), but struck a reef in the process. After striking the bottom the officers, passengers and crew quickly entered various small boats and after setting fire to the galleon to prevent capture of the treasure, headed for the nearby rocky island. The pirates chased and managed to capture many of the crew and passengers. Furious about being denied the treasure, the pirates beheaded the crew of the galleon. The pirates forced local fishermen to try and recover the treasure but were unsuccessful. Some months later the Spanish Colonial authorities attempted a salvage operation but were also unsuccessful. The site of the shipwreck was then abandoned and lay forgotten for 320 years until modern searchers discovered it in 1998.
This historical data was obtained from archives in Seville, Madrid, and Lima by Marine Historian Robert F. The item "1600'S 1/2 REAL COB COIN FROM THE CONSOLACION SHIPWRECK, POTOSI MINT, TREASURE" is in sale since Saturday, November 30, 2019. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\South America\Peru". The seller is "wildbill125" and is located in Lehi, Utah.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Iceland, Monaco, Peru, Paraguay, Viet nam, Uruguay.