Santa Maria de la Consolacion Shipwreck "Consolacion" - 4 Reales - Carlos II - Potosi Mint


Denomination: 4 Reales
Weight: 8.35 grams
Reign: Philip IV or Charles II 
Mint: Potosi, Bolivia
Assayer: "E" Erqueta, 1651.  Last Shield Design. 


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 pirated 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. 

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