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Cut silver "splash" ingot, 429 grams, marked with two circular tax stamps showing a man's head betwe

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / Coins: Shipwreck Ingots Start Price:800.00 USD Estimated At:1,000.00 - 2,000.00 USD
Cut silver  splash  ingot, 429 grams, marked with two circular tax stamps showing a man's head betwe
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Cut silver "splash" ingot, 429 grams, marked with two circular tax stamps showing a man's head between two pillars with the PLVS VLTRA motto, from an unidentified ca.-1554 wreck off Santo Domingo. Roughly 5-1/4" x 3-1/4" x 1/4". Beautifully toned lozenge-shaped ingot with one smooth edge and the other edge broken, with stress-cracks on top and corroded surface on bottom, the top with bold full tax stamp (struck over anther one at very edge) matching what is pictured in the book Nautical Archeology of Padre Island (Arnold and Weddle, 1978) and therefore a key to linking this unidentified wreck to the 1554 Fleet, most of which was sunk off Padre Island, Texas, but at least one ship of which returned to Havana and continued eastward. There is also a large-C mark (for Charles I) on the bottom, in a corroded spot next to an intentionally flattened area, and this mark also matches those seen on 1554 Fleet ingots. From an unidentified Spanish wreck sunk ca. 1554 off Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.