Lucayan Beach wreck, sunk ca. 1628 off Grand Bahama Island. Since the accidental discovery in 1964 of around 10,000 silver cobs (dated up to and including 1628) in 10 feet of water just 1,300 yards from the Lucayan Beach Hotel, the mystery of identifying the lost vessel has never been solved.
Because of the date, popular opinion associates the wreck with the taking of the Spanish 1628 Fleet in Matanzas Bay, Cuba, by the Dutch pirate and national hero Piet Heyn, who reported losing two of the vessels on the way back to Europe. A more recent (1990s) recovery off the Lucayan Beach turned up similar materialbut no further clues as to the ships (or ships) identity. Practically all of the coins have been Mexican 8 and 4 reales of the assayer-D period, some in quite nice condition and a few with clear dates, which of course are rare. Expect to pay a modest premium for specimens in white clamshell boxes produced by Spink & Son (London) in the 1960s for a promotion that capped off years of disagreements between the salvagers, their backers and the Bahamian government.
THIS COIN, CALLED COB, WERE MADE FROM SLABS OF SILVER. ELONGATED SHAPES OF VARIOUS THICKNESSES SLICES WERE MADE BY METAL SHEARS OR. CHISELED BY HAND TO ACHIEVE THE PROPER WEIGHT. THIS PROCESS ACCOUNTS FOR THE IRREGULAR EDGES.THE BLANKS WERE HEATED AND ANNEALED. THE COINS WERE MINTED IN THE SPANISH AMERICAN COLONIES MADE WITH. POOR WORKMANSHIP AND WITHOUT PROPER. OFTEN THE COINS WERE STRUCK BY INDIAN OR SLAVE LABOR.
THE SPANISH AUTHORITIES WERE UNCONCERNED WITH THE SHAPE OF THE COIN ONLY WITH THE. FINENESS AND WEIGHT, WHICH WAS.GUARANTEED BY THE ASSAYERS MARK. The item "1628 D MEXICO 8 REALES LUCAYAN SHIPWRECK 8R COB DOLLARS COLONIAL COIN PEDANT" is in sale since Sunday, December 1, 2019. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\North & Central America\Mexico\Colonial (up to 1821)". The seller is "purplekat928" and is located in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. This item can be shipped worldwide.