1715 Fleet - 8 Reales - Date N/V (Not Visible) - Assayer N/V (Not Visible)

  • Denomination: 8 Reales 
  • Reign: Philip V 
  • Mint: Mexico
  • Assayer: Not Visible 
  • Date: Not Visible 
  • Weight: 24 grams
  • Note: Coin has very old "Onion Skin" certificate signed by Mel Fisher
  • 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 headed Northeast, bound for the Gulf of Florida and then on to Spain. At 2:00 am on July 31st, violent hurricane force winds blew from the East-North-East. One after another the ships were driven onto the Eastern shore of Florida and into the jagged reefs.  Ten of the eleven ships are pounded to death, some with all hands. Carrying treasures destined for the Royal wedding of Queen Elisabeth Farnese to King Philip V of Spain, this royal shipment was so much more than precious cargo. The treasures on board were a portion of the Queen's dowry, among them some of the finest hand-crafted jewels and coins of the age. The treasure of these ships is spread over miles of beach spewed out over rocks, shallows, and sand. Some artifacts were recovered by a salvage operation conducted by Spain in the following year, 1716. But the remainder still ie in these waters, some of which went undisturbed for another 265 years. The 1715 Fleet is an active site, with treasures recently salvaged on both land and sea. 
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