El Cazador Shipwreck - 1 Reales - Dated 1778 - Grade Mint

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"The shipwreck that changed the world"

Denomination: 1 Reales

Date: 1778

Reign: Carolus III

Mint: Mexico

Assayer: F.F.

Weight: 2.8 grams

Grade: Mint

History: The El Cazador departed Vera Cruz for New Orleans on the 11th of January, 1784, carrying 450,000 pieces of Pesos, never to be heard from again.  By the 1800's Spain could no longer control colonial  Louisiana, and was forced to cede it back to France. In 1803, the US purchased Louisiana from Napoleon's France, thus doubling the size of the United States.