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Capitana Shipwreck Coins

The Spanish galleon Jesus Maria de la Limpia Concepcion, better known as the “Capitana”, was lost in 1654 after striking a reef system off Chanduy Ecuador.  The huge galleon served as the command ship, the captain's ship or "Capitana" of the 1654 South Sea Armada, and due to her size and stature, carried the bulk of the fleets treasure.  Estimates place the amount at nearly 10 million pesos of silver, well above the annual production of the combined mints of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru.

Most of the “Capitana's” treasure was promptly salvaged by the Spanish only to be lost two years later with the wreck of the Maravillas.  The wreck was rediscovered and salvaged in 1997; see Dave Horner's account of the salvage in his book "Shipwreck, A Saga of Sea Tragedy and Sunken Treasure".

Certificates of Authenticity accompany all Capitana Shipwreck treasure coins.  View a typical original Capitana certificate of authenticity.

Purchase an exceptionally written booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 2 - 1654 Capitana & 1655 Almiranta" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.

 


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Capitana Coin Fragments
 
Item:  Capitana Fragments

 

 

Regular Price:  $49.00
Discounted Price:  $39.00  BUY ITEM

Special Sale - These Capitana shipwreck coin fragments each have various visible light details and are at least as good (most are better) than the ones shown in the pictures.  We will pick the nicest from each lot on a first come first served basis, so it's best to be early.  These are great coins for those desiring an authentic shipwreck treasure coin, but are on a strict budget.  Supplied with a New World Treasures certificate of authenticity.


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Capitana - 8 Reales
Item#:  15051
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  O
Weight:  26.3 grams
Diameter: 1.5-1.6 inches

Price:  $895.00  BUY ITEM

 

Shield type cob, Potosi mint, assayer O, dated (16)51 (the 51 of the date is visible) .  Excellent full cross with all lions and castles clearly visible along with a bold crown over L countermark at center and 51 of the date located at the 11 o'clock position in the legend.  Equally beautiful full shield with a light mint mark P at left, some of the crown above, bold denomination mark 8 and assayer mark O at right and nearly complete King's name and ordinal in the right side legend.  This excellent, large, heavy weight and uncorroded coin has nicely centered details and great contrasting details.  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo certificate of authenticity and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 2 - 1654 Capitana & 1655 Almiranta" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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Capitana - 8 Reales
Item#:  15053
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  E
Weight:  26.5 grams
Diameter: 1.5 inches

Price:  $995.00  BUY ITEM

 

Pillars and Waves type cob, Potosi mint, assayer E, dated 1653.  Excellent full, slightly doubled cross with the mint mark P at left, assayer mark E at right and a nice date 1653 below.  Exceptional pillars side details including bold pillars, the denomination mark 8 with PH above, both mint marks P, both assayer marks E, most of the central PLV SVL TRA and bold central date 1653.  An excellent, almost perfectly round second year issue Capitana piece-of-eight coin and rare in that all three mint and assayer marks are clearly visible along with two out of three dates.  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo certificate of authenticity, along with a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 2 - 1654 Capitana & 1655 Almiranta" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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Capitana - 4 Reales
Item#:  4355
Denomination:  4 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  E
Weight:  13.7 grams
Diameter: 1.2 inches

Price:  $595.00  BUY ITEM

 

Pillars and Waves type cob, Potosi mint, assayer E, partial date (16)5(3 or 4).  Features include a well centered full cross complete with an assayer mark E; the pillars side displays a mintmark P, assayer mark E, and denomination mark 4.  This coin would look great in a 14k gold bezel mount.  Supplied with the original photo certificate of authenticity and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 2 - 1654 Capitana & 1655 Almiranta" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.

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