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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, (171)4(J) very rare and desirable provenance. *

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / Shipwreck - Silver Coins 1660s-1740s Start Price:350.00 USD Estimated At:400.00 - 600.00 USD
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, (171)4(J) very rare and desirable provenance. *
SOLD
7,000.00USDto wreckcollector7+ (1,050.00) buyer's premium. + applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2011 Oct 25 @ 20:50UTC-4 : AST/EDT
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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, (171)4(J), very rare and desirable provenance. S-M22; KM-47; CT-743. 24.5 grams. Nearly full but somewhat weak shield, full but doubled cross, clear mintmark and partial date, lightly toned, curious shape, first specimen from this wreck we have been able to offer in many years (first in our auctions), and the first ever that we have seen with official museum tag, highly desirable as the only true pirate-ship treasure ever salvaged. An interesting note: Evidence indicates that nearly all of the coins from the Whydah were originally lost on the 1715 Fleet and looted by Sam Bellamy or other pirates in the intervening period. With original museum tag #58300 from Maritime Explorations, Inc. / Whydah Project. Recovered from: Whydah, sunk in 1717 off Cape Cod, Massachusetts

*Correction: A vigilant bidder pointed out that what we were seeing as a "4" of the date is actually where the penultimate digit 1 should be, and if you look to the right of that digit you will see what is either a 2 or 3, making the date of this coin actually 1712-3.




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