1715 Fleet Cob - 8 Reales - NGC certified

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Denomination: 8 Reales                                                           

Reign: Charles II 

Mint: Mexico                                                                           

Assayer: Not Visible

Date: Not Visible                                                                      

Weight: 23.91 gm

Grade: NGC 668372-003 VG details

Description: Charles II 8 Reales. Environmental wear. Obverse:  Partially visible Hapsburg Shield.  Reverse: Partially visible Florenzada Cross. 

History: On July 27th the combined Fleet of Don Antonio de Echeverz and Captain-General Juan Estevan de Ubilla weighed anchor in Havana.  The convoy heads northeast, bound for the Gulf of Florida and then to Spain. At 2:00 am on July 31st, violent hurricane force winds blow from the East-north-east. One after another the ships are driven onto the shore of Florida into the jagged reefs.  Ten of the eleven ships are pounded to death, some with all hands. The treasure of these ships is spread over miles of beach spewed out over rocks, shallows, and sand. Some are recovered by a salvage operation in 1716. But most lie in these waters, undisturbed for another 265 years.

History: On July 24, 1715, a fleet of eleven Spanish shops and one French ship departed Havana harbor bound for Cadiz, Spain under the command of Captain Juan Esteban de Ubilla and don Antonio de Echeverz. On board these vessels were four years of accumulated treasure that was desperately needed for the Spanish territory. On July 29th, 1715 the first signs of a hurricane appeared but despite every effort made by the crews to save their ships, on the 31st, the entire Spanish Fleet perished along Florida's East Coast. Spanning a region comprised of three counties, the findings of the wreckage gave birth to this region's namesake: Florida's Treasure Coast, where a lucky beachcomber may still to this day, stumble upon treasures intended for Spanish Royalty, but destined for the seafloor.