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1715 Fleet Shipwreck Coins

The 1715 fleet was a Spanish convoy of twelve ships bound for Spain from Havana laden with a wealth of New World gold and silver.  On Wednesday July 31, 1715, a devastating hurricane sank eleven of the fleet's ships off the east coast of Florida, in an area south of Melbourne to a point south of Fort Pierce.  Millions of dollars in gold and silver cobs, ingots, and other treasures along with hundreds of lives were lost.

Spanish salvage operations in the following years recovered much of the treasure, but the remaining riches rested on the ocean floor for almost 250 years until its discovery in the 1960's by Kip Wagner and the Real Eight Company along with their associate Mel Fisher.

Certificates of Authenticity accompany all 1715 Fleet Shipwreck treasure coins.  View a typical New World Treasures photo type Certificate of Authenticity.

 


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1715 Fleet - 4 Reales
Item#:  8240
Denomination:  4 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  J
Weight:  13.2 grams
Diameter: 1.0-1.4 inches

Price:  $365.00  BUY ITEM

 

Shield type cob, Mexico mint, Philip V, assayer J, circa 1714-1715.  Cross side features include a 90% full cross with the castles and lions partially or fully visible the cross quadrants.  Nice 75% full shield of the 1714 to 1715 period design.  Uniquely shaped  4 reales coins like this are perfect for jewelry mounting.  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo type Certificate of Authenticity as seen in this example and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 3 - 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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1715 Fleet - 8 Reales
Item#:  15011
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  J
Weight:  26.5 grams
Diameter: 1.2-1.4 inches

Price:  $495.00  BUY ITEM

 

Shield type cob, Mexico mint, Philip V, assayer J, circa 1713, grade 1.  Nice cross side details including a nearly full cross with all lions and castles visible to varying degrees in the cross quadrants.  Equally nice shield side details including a nearly full shield, well centered on the planchet so that the mint and assayer marks oM and top of the J are visible at left and the denomination mark 8 at right.  The shield side design suggests this coin was struck in 1713.  A nearly full weight coin with great eye appeal.  Supplied with a West Bay Trading Company photo type Certificate of Authenticity.  Also included is a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 3 - 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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1715 Fleet - 8 Reales
Item#:  14027
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  J
Weight:  26.7 grams
Diameter: 1.2-1.6 inches

Price:  $1495.00  BUY ITEM

 

Shield type cob, Mexico mint, Philip V, assayer J, dated 1715.  Nice, nearly full cross with all lions and castles visible to varying degrees particularly in the bottom cross quadrants.  Equally nice shield with a bold oM mint mark and light assayer mark J at left.  Of particular significance is the 1715 date found to the upper left of the oM mint mark in the legend area (the first and last digits are not full and bold, but are certain).  A recent fleet coin dated 1715 sold for $23,325 at auction.  It had a better nice bold date, but was lighter in weight in comparison to this coin.  Fleet coins with a 1715 date are significant because they were struck the same year the fleet was lost along Florida's east coast.  A nearly full weight, nicely toned fleet coin with a very desirable date and shape.  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo type Certificate of Authenticity as seen in this example and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 3 - 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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1715 Fleet - 8 Reales
Item#:  9018
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  F
Weight:  26.1 grams
Diameter: 1.4-1.5 inches

Price:  $995.00  SOLD

 

Pillars and Waves type cob, Potosi mint, Charles II, assayer F, dated 1699.  Nice full cross with the lions and castles visible in the cross quadrants.   Also visible on the cross side are the mint mark P at left, partial assayer mark F at right and 99 of the date 1699 below.  Exceptional pillars side details including both mint marks P, both assayer marks F (partial), the denomination mark 8, complete central PLV SVL TRA and bold 99 of the central date 1699.  This is a beautiful Potosi mint coin, the nicest that we've seen from this wreck and nicer than most in the Florida state collection.  Potosi cobs from the 1715 Fleet are rare in comparison to those from the Mexico mint.  For example, only 298 pieces are represented in the Florida State Collection versus more than 21.000 Mexican cobs.  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo type Certificate of Authenticity as seen in this example and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 3 - 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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2 Escudos
Item#:  16040
Denomination: 2 escudos
Mint:  Bogotá
Assayer:  ARCE (Not Visible)
Weight:  6.74 grams
Diameter:  .80 inches

Price:  $4995.00  BUY ITEM

 

Shield type 2 escudos, Philip V (Posthumous issue of Charles II struck during the reign of Philip V), Santa Fe de Bogotá mint, assayer Buenaventura de Arce (not visible but confirmed by the design), circa 1713 (per the shield side design), mint state with traces of sediment in the crevices.  Reverse: Excellent deep struck Jerusalem cross bordered by four double arcs with annulets at the intersections and fleur-de-lis in the quarters.  Obverse: Crowned Spanish Hapsburg shield with quarters of Castle and Leon at upper left and the emblem of Naples and Sicily at right all of the oversized design and of the 1713 time period.  The bottom third bears the escutcheon of Flanders and Tyrol in the center with three fleurs-de-lis, arranged in two rows, on each side (a design found only on coins of assayer ARCE.  To the right of the shield are the bottoms of the letters CA of the King's name CAROLOS (Charles II).  Charles II died in 1700 and was succeeded by Philip V in that year.  Thus, like all Bogotá 2 escudos gold cobs from this time period, this is a posthumous Charles II issue, struck well after his death during the reign of Philip V.  Supplied with the original Robert Marx certificate of authenticity along with a New World Treasures photo type Certificate of Authenticity and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 3 - 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.

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