Sao Jose Shipwreck - 4 Reales - Mounted in Sterling Silver with 14K gold accents.

Description: 4 Reales

Mint: Potosi

Mount: Sterling Silver with 14K gold accents

History: Bound for Goa, the Sao Jose was the Almiranta of a fleet that left Lisbon

in 1622, transporting royal treasure for the Portuguese Empire and Francisco de Gama; great grandson of famed Portuguese explorer, Vasco de Gama. Francisco de Gama was to reign as Viceroy of India.  Attacked by Dutch and British ships, the Sao Jose fought valiantly, but met her demise on a reef off the Mozambique coast.

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