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Princess Louisa Shipwreck Coins

The Princess Louisa, a British East India Company merchant ship, was lost on April 18th, 1743 after striking a reef off the Isle of May in the Cape Verde Island chain.  As part of her cargo, she carried 20 chests of Spanish and Spanish colonial currency, a total of 69,760 ounces of silver, for trade for silk and spices in the far east city of Bombay and in Persia.  Her treasure lie undiscovered for over 255 years until a 1998-1999 salvage operation located and recovered the valuable artifacts.

Most of the coins recovered were Spanish colonial 2 reales pillars-and-waves type dated cobs, perfect size for bezel mounting for use as jewelry.  Although of a highly desirable denomination, due to the sheer abundance of the coinage recovered, they remain quite affordable in comparison to those from the immensely popular Nuestra Senora de Atocha.  Thus, Princess Louisa Treasure coins are rapidly gaining popularity.

Most Princess Louisa coins are supplied with a pamphlet that contains both the certificate of authenticity (see example) and information about the wreck.

 


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Princess Louisa - 1 Real
Item#:  4054
Denomination:  1 real
Mint:  Lima
Assayer:  H
Weight:  2.5 grams
Diameter: .80 inches

Price: $395.00  BUY ITEM

 

Pillars-and-waves type 1 real, Lima mint, dated 1700, Charles II.  Nice bold cross with the lions and castles partially visible in the cross quadrants along with CARO of the Kings name CAROLVS at the 1 to 3 o'clock position in the legend.  Equally nice pillars side details including a bold mint mark L at upper left, denomination mark 1 at top center, two light assayer marks H at the upper right and lower left and 700 of the date 1700 at bottom center.  A beautiful coin, the nicest Princess Louisa 1 real coin in stock.  This coin is reversible and would be perfect for mounting.  Supplied with the original pamphlet containing the certificate of authenticity (see example) and information about the wreck.


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Princess Louisa - 2 Reales
Item#:  4030
Denomination:  2 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  M
Weight:  6.3 grams
Diameter: .90 inches

Price: $445.00  BUY ITEM

 

Pillars-and-waves type 2 reales, Potosi mint, dated 1729, Philip V.  Excellent pillars side details including a bold denomination mark 2 at top center, one assayer mark M at top right, 729 of the date 1729 at bottom center and a bold mint mark P at lower right.  Nice full cross with a hint of the mintmark P at left, assayer mark M at right and date below.  The nicest 2 reales coin in stock and nearly reversible.  Supplied with the original pamphlet containing the certificate of authenticity (see example) and information about the wreck.


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Princess Louisa - 8 Reales
Item#:  7363
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  Y
Weight:  25.0 grams
Diameter: 1.3-1.4 inches

Price: $795.00  BUY ITEM

 

Pillars-and-waves type 8 reales, Potosi mint, dated 1722, Philip V.  Nice full cross with denomination mark 8 above and assayer mark Y and partial kings name at right.  Exceptional pillars side details including a bold denomination mark 8, mintmark P, assayer mark Y, and central date 1722 (the last digit 2 is also visible in the second legend date).  Coins of assayer Y are relatively rare finds.  This rare beauty is the nicest 8 reales cob that we've seen from this wreck.  Supplied with a New World Treasures photo type Certificate of Authenticity.

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