Santa Maria de la Consolacion - 1 Reales - Dated: 1679

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Shipwreck: Santa Maria de la Consolacion

Dated: 1679

Reign: Carlos II

Assayer: Antonio de Erqueta “E”

Mint: Potosi

Denomination: 1 Reales

Weight: 2.20 gm

Mount:  Sterling Silver Mount

History: The Santa Maria de la Consolacion reportedly sank near Santa Clara Island while evading Pirates in 1681.  Nicknamed “Isla de Muertos” (Island of the Dead) in the 1680s by the Spanish; Isla de Muertos was often a routine stopover for the Armada del Mar del Sur, the Galleons carrying treasure from Spain to Chile and Peru to Panama.

She was carrying 146,000 Pesos along with 800 silver bars, and gold ingots valued at 34,000 pesos.  After striking the bottom the officers, passengers and crew quickly entered with various small boats and after setting fire to the galleon to prevent capture of the treasure, headed for the nearby rocky island.  The pirates chased and managed to capture may of the crew and passengers. Furious about missing out on the reassure, the pirates beheaded the prisoners.

The shipwreck was discovered in 1998 by ROBCAR, S.A.