Atocha Shipwreck Grade 1 Potosi 8 Reales with COA
Grade 1 Atocha Shipwreck 8 Reales with COA and Flip
Item #CC-0154 | Grade 1 Atocha Shipwreck 8 Reales with COA and Flip Card
Mint: Potosi, Bolivia
Assayer: R for “Baltasar Ramos Leceta”
Ruler/Period: King Philip III
Weight: 26 Grams
Description: This beautiful “Piece of Eight” was recovered from the famous Nuestra Señora de Atocha shipwreck by Mel Fisher and his team in 1985. The Atocha was a Spanish treasure galleon of a fleet of ships that sank in a hurricane off the Florida Keys in 1622. It was a heavily armed ship that served as the almirante (rear guard) for the Spanish fleet and would trail behind the other ships in the flotilla to prevent an attack from the rear. At the time of her sinking, the Atocha was heavily laden with copper, silver, gold, tobacco, gems, and indigo from Spanish ports at Cartagena and Porto Bello in New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama, respectively) and Havana, bound for Spain.
During the salvage and recovery of the Atocha treasure, Mel Fisher’s team gave this coin a grade 1, which was based on its superb details and level of preservation. The coin you see here comes complete with its original 2×2 flip card and original certificate of authenticity attributing it to the Atocha shipwreck. For more information on the Atocha shipwreck, click on this link.
This is a historically significant and highly sought after coin that is perfect for any collector of shipwreck treasure or Spanish Colonial coinage.