Toledo Mint - 8 Reales - Unknown Shipwreck - Dated 1621

Denomination:  8 Reales                                                                        

Date:  1621       

Mint: Toledo, Spain                                                                                         

Weight: 26.45g

Reign: Philip III                                                                                     

Assayer: P

Grade:  NGC 6329408-002 – XF Details                                                      

Description:  Unknown Shipwreck. Obverse: Clearly visible shield with crown on top. Assayer "P" visible left.  Roman "VIII" visible right. Reverse: Very bold Greek Cross with Lions and Castle in four quadrants.  Full Date 16Z1 visible. 

History: This coin is a certified member of the “Beachcomber Series” by Shipwreck Treasures of the Keys. It has been numismatically certified as authentic to its time period and demonstrates evidence of environmental wear and corrosion consistent with marine wear related to a shipwreck. Coins of The Beachcomber Series do not have official salvager documentation proving their origin from a legal underwater shipwreck recovery. These coins may have been discovered on a beach near a wreck site, legally recovered by a salvager but now with lost documentation, or illegally obtained from a wreck site. No coin suspected of illegal removal from a wreck site will be included in this series. Each coin is certified as an authentic artifact that has survived a shipwreck. The Beachcomber Series also allows for the creation of a database to further our understanding of shipwrecks and their contents, both locally and globally, providing an additional benefit for collectors and researchers alike.

The Toledo Mint was one of the seven main mints in Castile that were authorized to continue after 1497 by the Catholic Monarchs. The rest were closed. Previously, coins had been minted in the area since 50 B.C., first by the Romans and later by the Visigoths