Parting with a coin from my personal collection. This is a choice 1 real, it is a very rare transitional coin, coins of this quality are rarely ever seen from this wreck as the vast majority were recovered from a dynamic reef system.
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.
This is a choice coin with incredible details on both sides. It is a transitional coin which was only used for one-year.
The previous design, which was used for years had the shield on reverse, then this transitional model which has the shield on the front and pillars and waves on the reverse, then in 1653 they settled on the cross on the reverse with pillars and waves on the reverse. Very few transitional coins exist today and very few one reales survived especially on shipwrecks. The coin has a very cool, unique shape and weighs in at 1.8 grams. This coin was obviously stuck to something or taken from a clump which is why it is in such great shape. The Obverse has a bold, beautiful shield centered, with choice castles lions, and bold 2-digit date of 52, it also has most of HISPANIRVM as well as the assayer (E).
The Reverse is also bold and semi-centered, It has one choice pillar, waves, assayer E, a nearly full crown and part of the motto PLVS VLTRA. The coin was minted under the reign of king Philip IV of Spain in 1652. 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 "1652 1 REAL SILVER COB COIN FROM THE CONSOLACION SHIPWRECK POTOSI MINT TREASURE" is in sale since Thursday, April 16, 2020. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\South America\Peru". The seller is "wildbill125" and is located in Lehi, Utah.
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