Offered is this Bolivia Eight Real Silver Cob. It is a sea salvage coin from the Consolacion shipwreck that sank off of Equador in1681. The assayer is Pedro de Villar who was Chief Assayer at the Potosi Mint from 1679 to 1697. He first used assayer initial V until 1684 and then switching to VR because of the assayer at the Lima Mint. This silver Bolivia Cob is the size of a U.
It weighs 19.7 grams. The coin comes with the original 8 1/2 x 11 inch ROBCAR COA with embossed seal and the original Flip. This silver eight reales Bolivia Cob is listed with No Reserve.Consolación (Isla de Muerto shipwreck), sunk in 1681 off Santa Clara Island, Ecuador (PIRATED WRECK). When salvage first began on this wreck in 1997, it was initially believed to be the Santa Cruz and later called El Salvador y San José, sunk in August of 1680; but research by Robert Marx after the main find in subsequent years confirmed its proper name and illuminated its fascinating history. Intended to be part of the Spanish South Seas Fleet of 1681, which left Limas port of Callao in April, the Consolación apparently was delayed and ended up traveling alone. At the Gulf of Guayaquil, off modern-day Ecuador, the Consolación encountered English pirates, led by Bartholomew Sharpe, who forced the Spanish galleon to sink on a reef off Santa Clara Island (later nicknamed Isla de Muerto, or Dead Mans Island). Angered by the inability to seize the valuable cargo of the Consolación, Sharpes men killed the Spaniards and tried in vain to recover the treasure through the efforts of local fishermen. Spanish attempts after that were also fruitless, so the treasure of the Consolación sat undisturbed until our time. Most of the coins offered were of low quality and poorly preserved but came with individually numbered photo-certificates. Later, after the provenance had been properly researched, and utilizing better conservation methods, a Florida syndicate arranged to have ongoing finds from this wreck permanently encapsulated in hard-plastic holders by the authentication and grading firm ANACS, with the wreck provenance clearly stated inside the slab; more recent offerings have bypassed this encapsulation.
Ongoing salvage efforts have good reason to be hopeful, as the manifest of the Consolación stated the value of her registered cargo as 146,000 pesos in silver coins in addition to silver and gold ingots, plus an even higher sum in contraband, according to custom. The item "1681 Consolacion Shipwreck / Bolivia Cob Silver 8 Reales with RobCar COA & Flip" is in sale since Thursday, October 10, 2019. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\South America\Bolivia".
The seller is "raymarcompany99" and is located in Springboro, Ohio. This item can be shipped to United States.