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Maravillas Shipwreck Coins

The Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas, the almiranta of the 1654-1656 Spanish treasure fleet, was lost on January 4th, 1656 in the shallow waters of Little Bahama Bank, when she was struck by the lead Capitana while executing evasive maneuvers to steer clear of the shallows.  All but 45 of the 650 passengers on board perished.  The shipwreck and her treasure was discovered more than 300 years later by Robert Marx in August 1972 and then salvaged a second time by Herbert Humphreys in 1987.

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

 


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Maravillas - 8 Reales
Item#:  16047
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Mexico
Assayer:  P
Weight:  25.2
Diameter: 1.4-1.6 inches

Price:  $495.00  BUY ITEM

 

Shield type cob, Mexico mint, Philip IV, assayer P, dated (16)5(0-5).  Nice full cross with both lions and one castle visible in the cross quadrants.  Beautiful full shield with bold mint and assayer marks oM and P at left and denomination mark 8 at right.  Also visible at the 10 o'clock position on the shield side is the digit 5 of the date 1650-1655.  A very interestingly shaped, well detailed coin.  Supplied with the original Marex 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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Maravillas - 8 Reales
Item#:  13089
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  E
Weight:  25.08 grams
Diameter: 1.5-1.6 inches

Price:  $895.00  BUY ITEM

 

Pillars and Waves type cob, Potosi mint, assayer E, dated 1653.  Excellent pillars side details including both mint marks P, denomination mark 8 with PH above, both assayer marks E, sharp central date 1653 and a complete second date located between the 6 to 9 o'clock position along the edge.  Equally nice cross side details including a full cross with crown above and partial date below, and with all lions and castles visible to varying degrees in the cross quadrants.  An excellent Maravillas piece-of-eight coin.  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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Maravillas Wreck - 2 Escudos
Item#:  6007
Denomination: 2 escudos
Mint:  Bogotá
Assayer:  R
Weight:  NGC Slabbed
Diameter: .75 inches

Price:  $3995.00  SOLD

 

Shield type 2 escudos, circa 1642-1656, Philip IV, Santa Fe de Bogotá mint, NGC graded mint state (MS61).  Observe:  Crowned Hapsburg coat of arms, mintmark is to the right ( NR for Nuevo Reino ), to the left is the denomination mark ( II ) above assayer’s initial ( R for Ramos - just the top of the R is visible ).  Reverse: Cross of Jerusalem enclosed by four doubled arcs, fleurs-de-lis extend inward from the junctions of the arcs, large annulets above the junctions, the legend (if complete) would read  Hispaniarum :  Rex : 16xx.  Recovered from the wreck of the Spanish galleon Maravillas, which was struck by the fleets lead galleon and sank off Little Bahama Bank, north of Grand Bahama island, in 1656.  This coin was was owned by an original principal of Marex, the company that salvaged the site in the late 1980’s; see Capt Humphrey’s account of the salvage in his book "In Search of the Golden Madonna".  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo type 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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