Atocha 1622 Shipwreck - 8 Reales - Grade 4 - 1975 Certificate from a division with the State of Florida

This coin was given back to Mel by the State of Florida in the 1975 Division.  
Ten years before the finding of the Main pile of the Atocha in 1985.
  • Denomination:  8 Reales
  • Reign: Unknown
  • Mint: Unknown
  • Assayer: Unknown
  • Date: Not Visible 
  • Grade: 4
  • Origin: This coin was received by Treasure Salvors Inc. in a division with the State of Florida on March 3, 1975 
  • Notes: The certificate is signed by Deo Fisher.

 History: On September 6, 1622, the heavily laden treasure galleon of King Philip IV's Terra Firme Fleet struck a reef and sank in a raging storm near the Florida Keys. More than two hundred and sixty persons perished, and tons of gold, silver, and other precious cargo were lost to the sea. All attempts to locate the shipwreck failed until the location of the primary cultural deposit were made by Treasure Salvors, Inc. on July 20th, 1985. 

Most of the coins recovered from the Atocha were minted in the New World and usually have irregular shapes. They were manufactured by cutting coin blanks from crudely cast bars of refined silver bullion; then clipped to the requisite weight, heated, and hand-hammered between crudely engraved dies. 

Coins of Philip II (1556-1598) and Philip III (1598-1621) bear a simplified Hapsburg Shield on the Obverse. The legend, if complete, reads "PHILLIPVS II (III) DEI GRATIA." Philip II (III) By the Grace of God." The reverse has a cross with castles and lions in the quarters. The legend reads "HISPANIARVM: ET : INDIARVMREX," "King of Spain and the Indies."