Denomination: 2 Reales
Assayer: "B" Ballesteros (1589-1598)
Mount: Sterling Silver with 14K gold prongs
Description: Holed. Obverse: Obverse: Bold strike with Greek cross visible and lion and castles in four quadrants. Some legend clearly visible. Reverse: Hapsburg shield with Clear mint mark “P” and assayer “B”.
History: These historic coins are known to Collectors as “cobs” and the abbreviation of the Spanish term for “Cabo De Berra” meaning cut from the end of the bar. Minted in five denominations in silver, the largest was the eight Reales, famous in the colonies and among pirates as a "piece of eight." The other denominations were four Reales, two Reales, one Reales and half Reales. 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.