Potosi 8 Reale minted during the reign of King Charles II. While the cross side is worn from sea corrosion, this piece would be ideal to be mounted for a necklace/bracelet. Marc Anthony from Spanish Main Antiques does custom mounts if you are interested. I have lowered the price since it's first posting.Within the Bay of Guayaquil in Ecuador lies the small island of Santa Clara, nicknamed. In the 1680s by the Spanish. (Island of the Dead) was often a routine stopover for the Armada del Mar del Sur, the Galleons carrying treasure from Spain to Chile and Peru to Panama. A delay in getting its silver coins from the mint in Potosi prevented the Santa Maria de la Consolacion from sailing with the rest of the armada from Callao, Chile. But because the vessel hit the reef, it was evacuated and intentionally set on fire to stop any stealing.
Neither pirates nor returning Spaniards were able to recover all of the treasure. Santa Maria de la Consolacion sank in 1681.
A bit about me - I'm a long time collector of Spanish Colonial Cobs with experience in conservation. I'm one of the recognized experts on the site discerning whether cobs are real/fake and what information members are looking for. I also was contracted with a long-time treasure dealer over 30 years in St. I'll be listing more of my cobs throughout the winter. The item "Potosi, Bolivia, Cob 8 Reales, Consolacion (1681) Shipwreck with COA" is in sale since Saturday, January 25, 2020.
This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\South America\Bolivia". The seller is "creeksideorchids" and is located in Elkton, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States.