El Cazador Shipwreck - 8 Reale - Dated 1783 - Grade Fine Plus

Denomination: 8 Reales

Date: 1783

Reign: Carolus III

Mint: Mexico

Assayer: F.F.

Weight: 23.6 grams

Grade: Fine Plus 

Mount: Sterling Fish hook

Description: Reverse: Between the Pillars of Hercules (Gibraltar) are the two crowned Hemispheres of this world.  Obverse: Bears a traditional bust of the King.

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.