Shipwreck of the Santa Maria de la Consolacion - 1 Reales - Assayer "O"

Actual Pirate Shipwreck coin – Sank near Santa Clara Island in Ecuador – Santa Clara Island is referred to by locals as “El Muerto” Island of the Dead”. Some say it’s because of the shape of the Island, which looks like a dead man lying on his back. Others because the Pirates beheaded the crew for burning the Galleon to the ground.

Denomination: 1 Reales.          

Date: Not Visible
Reign: Carlos II
Mint: Potosi 
Assayer: “O” Rosa (1649-1651)
Weight: 3.28 grams

Reign: Philip IV

History: The Shipwreck of the Santa Maria de la Consolacion was discovered by ROBCAR in 1997. The company has had the official Ecuadorian salvage lease for the wreck site continuously, since that time. Shortly after the wreck was discovered, marine archeologist Robert F. Marx discovered documents and a ship’s manifest in the archives of Spain which identified the wreck.

The Consolacion purportedly sank near Santa Clara Island while evading pirates in 1681.  She was carrying 146,000 pesos in minted silver coins along with 800 silver bars, and gold ingots valued at 34,000 pesos.  The Consolacion was reportedly torched by the crew after they ran aground near Santa Clara Island.  very rare.