Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, Charles II, date and assayer not visible, from the Consolacion (1681), mounted in silver bezel with dolphin at top. Corroded with some coin details including part of king's name, nicely mounted. With Daniel Frank Sedwick signed photo certificate. 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; however, 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 nicknamedIsla de Muerto, or Dead Mans Island). Angered by their 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 better conservation methods were used, 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. Is the world's premier specialist in the colonial coinage of Spanish America, shipwreck coins and artifacts of all nations.
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(Professional Coin Grading Service) authorized dealer #734250. (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) authorized dealer #2700. R #AU3635, AB2592 (since 2007). The item "Consolacion Shipwreck (1681) Potosi Bolivia Cob 8 Reales In Silver Bezel" is in sale since Thursday, December 20, 2018. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\South America\Bolivia".The seller is "sedwickcoins" and is located in Winter Park, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.