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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#:  14026
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  O
Weight:  25.0
Diameter: 1.5-1.6 inches

Price:  $795.00  BUY ITEM

 

Shield type cob, Potosi mint, Philip IV, assayer O, circa 1650-51.  Full cross with the Lions and castles visible to varying degrees, the upper left castle obscured by the crowned L style counterstamp.  Full shield of the 1650-1651 time period design with a mint mark P and assayer mark O at left and a second light assayer mark O at right.  Also visible on the shield side is some peripheral legend including the full King's ordinal IIII of Philip IIII.  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 - 8 Reales
Item#:  13090
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  E
Weight:  25.17 grams
Diameter: 1.5-1.6 inches

Price:  $795.00  BUY ITEM

 

Pillars and Waves type cob, Potosi mint, assayer E, dated 1653.  Excellent pillars side details including a full crown, both mint marks P, denomination mark 8 with PH above, sharp central date 1653 and a nearly complete mint name POTOSI (only the I is missing).  Equally beautiful cross side including a full cross with all lions and castles visible along with the assayer mark E at right, light 653 of the date 1653 below and some peripheral legend.  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 - 4 Reales
Item#:  11254
Denomination:  4 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  E
Weight:  12.4 grams
Diameter: 1.2-1.3 inches

Price:  $695.00 
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Pillars and Waves type cob, Potosi mint, assayer E, dated 1653.  Boldly struck cross side including a full cross with all lions and castles partially visible along with the mint mark P at left, 653 of the date 1653 below and some peripheral legend. Excellent pillars side details including one mint mark P, one assayer mark E, rotated denomination mark 4 with PH above, and bold central date 1653.   An excellent Maravillas piece-of-eight coin.  This coin was owned and is pedigreed to 1733 fleet salvager Marty Meylach; see Mr. Meylach's account of the 1733 fleet salvage in his book "Diving to a Flash of Gold".  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  BUY ITEM

 

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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