El Cazador - 1/2 Reales - Old Pillar Style - Dated 1768 - Carlos III - Presented in a 14K Mount, and accented with a .03pt diamond

"The Shipwreck that changed the World"

Denomination: 1/2 Reales

Mint: Mexico 

Date: 1768


Weight: 1.3 grams 

Grade: Fine

Historic note: The first milled coin in the New World

Mount:  14K gold dreamcatcher style with .03pt diamond accent

History: This historic artifact was recovered from the Spanish Brigantine of War "El Cazador" (The Hunter) which was lost with all hands in stormy winter seas in the Gulf of Mexico, in January of 1784. 

In 1762, Spain received Louisiana (which ran from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, comprising nearly a million square miles) from France as a result of the Seven Year War. 

In late 1783, King Carolus III ordered Captain Gabriel de Campos y Pineda to Veracruz, Mexico. The El Cazador departed Veracruz for New Orleans on the 11th of January, 1784, carrying 450,000 pesos, never to be heard from again. 

By 1800, Spain could no longer control colonial Louisiana, and was forced to cede it back to France. In 1803, the U.S. purchased Louisiana from Napoleon's France, thus doubling the size of the United States.