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El Cazador Shipwreck Coins

The El Cazador, a Spanish brigantine of war, was lost without a trace in the winter of 1784 while on route from Vera Cruz Mexico to the port of New Orleans.  The wreck site was accidentally discovered on August 2, 1993 by a fishing vessel working the area.  The treasure of the El Cazador, consisting of over 400,000 Spanish 8 reales and an equal amount of smaller denomination Spanish colonial coins from the Mexico City mint, was intended to stabilize the Spanish monetary system in colonial North America.  Her loss contributed to Spain's eventual conveyance of Louisiana to France's Napoleon in 1800.  The rest is history, as three years later in 1803, Napoleon of France sold Louisiana to the United States, instantly doubling the size of the country.

Certificates of Authenticity accompany all El Cazador Shipwreck treasure coins.
View an El Cazador certificate of authenticity issued by Jim Reahard for initial salvage operation coins.
View an El Cazador certificate of authenticity issued by Craig Boyd for 2002 salvage operation coins.
View an El Cazador certificate of authenticity issued by Whitey Keevan for 2002 salvage operation coins.
View an El Cazador certificate of authenticity issued by New World Treasures, LLC for initial and 2002 salvage operation coins.

 


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El Cazador - 8 Reales, Grade 3
Item#:  19008
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  FF
Weight:  21.7 grams
Diameter: 1.55 inches

Price:   SOLD


 
Milled bust type 8 reales "bust dollar", Charles III, assayer FF, graded grade 3.  Partial bust side details visible through typical grade 3 type corrosion, including 17x3 of the date 1783.  Nice reverse side details including a complete shield, crown and pillars visible along with all of the legend.  Supplied with a New World Treasures certificate of authenticity.  View an example of a New World Treasures style certificate.


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El Cazador - 8 Reales, Grade 3
Item#:  18034
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  FF
Weight:  22.2 grams
Diameter: 1.55 inches

Price:   SOLD

 

Milled bust type 8 reales "bust dollar", dated 1783, Charles III, assayer FF, graded grade 3.  Partial bust side details visible through areas of corrosion including light legends along the edge, a nearly complete bust and full, but light, 1783 date.  Nice, nearly full, shield side details more typical of higher grade coins from this wreck.  A top end grade 3 coin with an excellent shield.  Supplied with a New World Treasures certificate of authenticity.  View an example of a New World Treasures style certificate.


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El Cazador - 8 Reales, Grade 3
Item#:  21010
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  FF
Weight:  19.4 grams
Diameter: 1.55 inches

Price:   SOLD

 

Milled bust type 8 reales "bust dollar", dated 1775 (uncommon date), Charles III, assayer FF, graded grade 3.  Partial bust side details with some legend lightly visible along the edge including a nice rare 1775 date near the bottom.  Excellent shield side details with all elements and legends clear and bold except for an area of corrosion along the upper and upper right edge.  A desirable coin in that it has a 1775 date - rare in that nearly all coins from this wreck were dated 1783.  Supplied with a New World Treasures certificate of authenticity.  View an example of a New World Treasures style certificate.


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El Cazador - 8 Reales, Grade 2
Item#:  11056
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  FF
Weight:  20.8 grams
Diameter: 1.55 inches

Price: $125.00  SOLD

 

Milled bust type 8 reales "bust dollar", dated 1783, Charles III, assayer FF, graded grade 2.  Partial bust side details visible through areas of corrosion including much of the bust, the ordinal III of the Kings name CAROLUS III at top left and the digits 783 of the date at the bottom.  Particularly nice shield side details similar to those of higher grade coins from this wreck.  A nicely priced grade 2 coin with a great shield.  Supplied with a New World Treasures certificate of authenticity.  View an example of a New World Treasures style certificate.


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El Cazador - 8 Reales, Grade Fine
Item#:  12065
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  FF
Weight:  24.5 grams
Diameter: 1.55 inches

Price: $495.00  SOLD

 

Milled bust type 8 reales "bust dollar", dated 1783, Charles III, assayer FF, graded grade Fine on the certificate (the top grade, one step above a grade 1), nice heavy weight, a beautiful coin with exceptionally nice toning, as good as you will find from this wreck.  Supplied with a New World Treasures certificate of authenticity.  View an example of a New World Treasures style certificate.

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