Shipwreck Treasure coins from around the World. Atocha, 1715 Fleet, Consolacion, Maravillas, Capitana, VOC, Rooswijk

Shipwreck Silver Coins

Shipwreck Treasure coins from around the World.

 

shipwreckThe heart of our online store is always this page of silver (and copper) coins from shipwrecks from around the world. No other site anywhere has the selection we do! For over 25 years now we have specialized in shipwreck coins and have sources in every continent. As a result, here you will see coins from Spanish wrecks, Dutch wrecks, French wrecks that sunk all over the world. And everything here comes with a certificate (including with the price) and our lifetime guarantee of authenticity and provenance.

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Early Shipwrecks 1500s-1600s

Santa Margarita, sunk in 1622

Sao Jose, sunk in 1622

"Lucayan Beach wreck," sunk 1628

"Spice Islands wreck," sunk ca. 1629

Concepcion, sunk in 1641

Capitana, sunk in 1654

Maravillas, sunk in 1656

Consolación sunk in 1681

Joanna, sunk in 1682

1715 Plate Fleet

Akerendam, sunk in 1725

Vliegenthart, sunk in 1735

Rooswijk, sunk in 1739

Auguste, sunk in 1761

Reijgersdaal, sunk in 1747

Cazador, sunk in 1784

SS New York, sunk in 1846

SS Republic, sunk in 1865

SS Andrea Doria, sunk in 1956

 

 

Early Shipwrecks 1500's-1600

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San Martín, sunk in 1618 off the east coast of Florida

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Atocha, sunk in 1622 west of Key West, Florida

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Santa Margarita, sunk in 1622 west of Key West, Florida

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8 reales "Spice Islands wreck," sunk ca. 1629 off Indonesia

Cob 8 reales fragments. Weights range from 8 to 12 grams. Corroded, some with faintly visible design elements. 2 available.

d121504194007-8 $50 each

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Sao Jose, sunk in 1622 off Mozambique

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Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, Philip II or III, assayer not visible.

Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, Philip II or III, assayer not visible. 19.04 grams. Partial shield and cross, some encrustation. With generic certificate from the salvagers.

d121800000007 $65
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 4 reales, Philip II or III, assayer not visible.

Mexico City, Mexico, cob 4 reales, Philip II or III, assayer not visible. 8.10 grams. Partial cross, patches of encrustation. With generic certificate from the salvagers.

d121800000013 $45
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales, Philip II or III, assayer not visible.

Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales, Philip II or III, assayer not visible. 7.20 grams. Partial cross, some encrustation. With generic certificate from the salvagers.

d121800000015 $45
Spanish or Spanish colonial cob 4 reales, assayer not visible.

Spanish or Spanish colonial cob 4 reales, assayer not visible. 7.51 grams. Interesting 4 reales with incuse pattern in corrosion of the partial shield, mintmark, and assayer D from a Mexico 8 reales of Philip III that rested on top. Darkly toned with some encrustation. With generic certificate from the salvagers.

d121800000022 $55

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"Lucayan Beach wreck," sunk ca. 1628 off Grand Bahama Island

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"Spice Islands wreck," sunk ca. 1629 off Southeast Asia

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8 reales "Spice Islands wreck," sunk ca. 1629 off Indonesia

Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip IV, assayer not visible. 19.09 grams. Partial shield with mintmark oM and 8 denomination, partial cross as well, dark orange encrustation patch on obverse.

d011708191035 $150
8 reales "Spice Islands wreck," sunk ca. 1629 off Indonesia

Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip IV, assayer not visible. 19.71 grams. Darkly toned specimen with partial shield with 8 denomination, dark orange encrustation on reverse.

d011708191036 $150
8 reales "Spice Islands wreck," sunk ca. 1629 off Indonesia

Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip IV, assayer not visible. 15.72 grams. Nearly full shield with some encrustation on obverse, corroded shield with silvery appearance.

d011708191039 $150
8 reales "Spice Islands wreck," sunk ca. 1629 off Indonesia

Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip IV, assayer not visible. 19.34 grams. Corroded and encrusted obverse with some shield details still visible, flan crack (as made), decent reverse with good cross details.

d011708191040 $150

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Concepcion, sunk 1641 off Hispaniola

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, assayer P. S-M19; KM-45; CT-335. approx 25 grams. Good cross and shield, good tone all over.

Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, 1640/39(P). S-M19; KM-45; CT-335. 23.39 grams. Bold date, most of cross, rest of coin crude (weak strike and corrosion), toned all over.

d051804191002 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip IV, assayer P, with "Silver Bank Treasures" tag. S-M19; KM-45. Approx. 25 grams. Good cross and shield, nice toning all over.

Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip IV, assayer P, with "Silver Bank Treasures" tag. S-M19; KM-45. 25.1 grams. Artifact ID: SBTI-2103. Good cross and shield, nice toning all over.

d091804641003 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip IV, assayer P, with "Silver Bank Treasures" tag. S-M19; KM-45. Approx. 25 grams. Good cross and shield, nice toning all over.

Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip IV, assayer P, with "Silver Bank Treasures" tag. S-M19; KM-45. 25.9 grams. Artifact ID: SBTI-2104. Good cross and shield, nice toning all over.

d091804641004 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip IV, assayer P, with "Silver Bank Treasures" tag. S-M19; KM-45. Approx. 25 grams. Good cross and shield, nice toning all over.

Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip IV, assayer P, with "Silver Bank Treasures" tag. S-M19; KM-45. 23 grams, Artifact ID: SBTI-2105. Good cross and shield, nice toning all over.

d091804641005 $295

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Capitana, sunk in 1654 off Chanduy, Ecuador

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8 reales "Spice Islands wreck," sunk ca. 1629 off Indonesia

Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, (16)51E, with crowned-dot-F-dot (four dots) countermark on shield. 21.44 grams. Broad flan with good full cross, nearly full shield with most of countermark, traces of date, light corrosion and toning.

d051804570001 $325

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Maravillas, sunk in 1656 off Grand Bahama Island

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Potosi Mint - Shield-type

Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 16(49?)Z, with crowned-(?) countermark on shield. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 16(49?)Z, with crowned-(?) countermark on shield. 14.52 grams. Thin and crude from corrosion but with most of countermark and assayer visible, lightly toned all over. d011704362012 $195
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 16(49?)Z, with crowned-(?) countermark on shield. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, (1)650O, with crowned-dot-T-dot countermark on shield. S-P35; KM-19b; CT-509. 20.79 grams. Full but doubled shield with nearly full countermark, two assayers, the cross side corroded but with full cross and date still clear. With Marex tag #91-8R-1192. d051804191007 $425
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, (1650E), with crowned-PH countermark on shield. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, (1650E), with crowned-PH countermark on shield. 22.38 grams. Corroded all over but with a visible shield, cross, and countermark. d121804671371 $100
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 16(49?)Z, with crowned-(?) countermark on shield. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, (1)651E, with crowned-L countermark on cross. S-P36; KM-19b; CT-511. 23.32 grams. Bold date, full countermark on full cross, corroded shield with clear P-E, hairline edge-splits, toned. With Marex tag #91-8R-1004. d051804191008 $425
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 16(49?)Z, with crowned-(?) countermark on shield. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1651E, with crowned-L countermark on cross. S-P36; KM-19b; CT-511. 20.32 grams. Full but partially flat but uncorroded shield, moderately corroded cross with full countermark nonetheless (date weak but certain). With Marex tag #91-8R-0884. d051804191009 $425

Potosi Mint - Transitionals

Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, (16)52E transitional Type V/A, ex-Meylach. S-P37; KM-A20.5; CT-unl. 13.12 grams. Part of edge lost to corrosion but remainder with mostly clear details, including two dates and full A-P-8. pedigreed to the Marty Meylach collection (our Auction #8, lot #588). Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, (16)52E transitional Type V/A, ex-Meylach, ex-Mastalir collection. S-P37; KM-A20.5; CT-unl. 13.12 grams. Part of edge lost to corrosion but remainder with mostly clear details, including two dates and full A-P-8. pedigreed to the Marty Meylach collection (our Auction #8, lot #588). d111604191003 $395  
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales, 1652E Transitional, McLean Type II, rare. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales, 1652E Transitional, McLean Type II, rare. S-P37; KM-B18; CT-734. 8.53 grams. Corroded surfaces but with areas of bold details including cross and part of HISPANIARUM. d121804671659 $135  

Potosi Mint - Pillars-and-waves

Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1653E, PH at top. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1653E, PH at top. 17.12 grams. Corroded and darkly toned throughout, nice pillars-side details visible. d121804671455 $90  
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales, 1653E, PH at top. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales, 1653E, PH at top. 8.31 grams. Corroded and a bit thin in areas with some edge cracks but rather nice cross and pillars details. d121804671373 $75  
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales, 1654E, PH at top. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 4 reales, 1654E, PH at top. 10.09 grams. Solid example with some surface corrosion yet bold partial cross, shield, and legends. d121804671372 $75  

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Consolacion "Isla del Muerto" Pirated Wreck, sunk in 1681 off Ecuador

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Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1672(E). Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1672(E). 19.61 grams. Heavily corroded yet with visible pillars and date, weak and off-center cross, dark toning in spots. d121804671249 $110
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1677E. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1677E. 19.81 grams. S-P37b; KM-26; CT-352. Moderate corrosion with weak cross but rather bold pillars and waves. d041804562006 $275
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1678E. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1678E. 19.55 grams. S-P37b; KM-26; CT-354. Moderately corroded with some flat areas but with a clear date and assayer. d041804562007 $275
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1679C. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1679C. 19.39 grams. S-P38; KM-26; CT-357. Corroded all over but with a suprisingly visible date in legend at 7 o'clock and bold assayer C next to cross. d041804562008 $275
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1679C. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1679C. S-P38; KM-26; CT-357. 20.26 grams. Full pillars-and-waves, full but weaker cross with bold date below, typical corrosion, edge-split. d041804562031 $325
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1679V. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1679V. 17.55 grams. S-P39; KM-26; CT-359. Corroded all over but with rather bold details, doubled pillars and waves. d041804562009 $275
Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1680V. Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, 1680V. 19.89 grams. S-P39; KM-26; CT-361. Rather smooth from corrosion but clear date and assayer. d041804562005 $275
Clump of two Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, one 1679C and the other with date and assayer not visible, ex-Spink. Clump of two Potosi, Bolivia, cob 8 reales, one 1679C and the other with date and assayer not visible, ex-Spink. 43.44 grams total. Just two 8R fused together with minimal encrustation but both solid despite the usual corrosion, also nicely toned, one with pillars side out and other with cross side out. Pedigreed to the Spink (New York) auction of December 2001, with original lot-tag #738 and with "Isla de Muerto Shipwreck" tag #04904. d111804191017 $495
Encrusted clump of two Potosi, Bolivia, cob 1/2R (rare denomination), Philip IV and/or Charles II. Encrusted clump of two Potosi, Bolivia, cob 1/2R (rare denomination), Philip IV and/or Charles II. 6.22 grams total. Two small, thin coins that are just loaded with thick, grayish encrustation, a nice but very small display. d111804191019 $195

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Joanna, sunk in 1682 off South Africa

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, (16)81(L). Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, (16)81(L). 16.32 grams. Corroded but with partial shield and cross details visible plus last two digists of date. d121804671370e $175
Mexico, cob 8 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. 18.44 grams. Dark as uncleaned and corroded, with patch of encrustation on cross, with original certificate from the salvager. d011718021003 $125
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 4 reales, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 4 reales, assayer not visible. 12.26 grams. Thin and worn from corrosion but with clear shield and cross, nicely toned. With generic certificate from the salvagers. d111704191036 $125
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 4 reales, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 4 reales, assayers not visible. All moderately corroded and polished yet with some detail showing, two with visible assayers (G and L). With generic certificates from the salvagers. 5 available. d051804191012-6 $125 each
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 4 reales, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 2 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. 6.40 grams. Lacuna (natural pit) on shield, clear mintmark. With generic certificate from the salvagers. d051804191171 $75
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1/2 real, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 1/2 real, assayer not visible. 0.45 gram. Moderately corroded with partial cross, a rare denomination to find in a shipwreck. With generic certificate from the salvagers. d051804191019 $55

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Merestein, sunk in 1702 off South Africa

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Mexico, cob 8 reales Ducatoons of the Spanish and United Netherlands. All moderately corroded and worn thin from saltwater immersion, partially visible design details. With generic certificate from the salvagers. 3 available. d051804191024-6 $75 each

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"Taj Mahal treasure," sunk ca. 1702 off Sri Lanka

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Surat, India (Mughal Empire), 1 rupee, Aurangzeb (1658-1707), AH1113 (1702). Heavily encrusted in attractive tan color with some details peeking through. Surat, India (Mughal Empire), 1 rupee, Aurangzeb (1658-1707), AH1113 (1702). Heavily encrusted in attractive tan color with some details peeking through. d081819181005 $175
Surat, India (Mughal Empire), 1 rupee, Aurangzeb (1658-1707), AH1113 (1702). Bold details with hint of luster, very light surface corrosion. Surat, India (Mughal Empire), 1 rupee, Aurangzeb (1658-1707), AH1113 (1702). Bold details with hint of luster, very light surface corrosion. d081819181001 $175

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DeLiefde, sunk in 1711 off the Shetland Islands, north of Scotland

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Feversham, sunk in 1711 off Nova Scotia, Canada

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Mexico, cob 8 reales Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. 17.74 grams. Nearly featureless (weakly struck but also some corrosion) but distinctive in shape, with some patches of toning and "horn silver," rare and desirable provenance, also pedigreed to the Ponterio auction of February 2000, with original lot-tag #388. d051804570002 $295

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1715 Plate Fleet, east coast of Florida

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Charles II, assayer not visible. 24.35 grams. Large flat areas with partial shield and cross, even grey toning throughout. d121804671217 $195
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer J. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer J. 26.81 grams. Bold oMJ, nearly full shield and cross despite light surface corrosion, somewhat silvery, with certificate #M-5194 signed by Harry Cannon (Real Eight Co. tan color cert.) d111804667024 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer J. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer J. 26.35 grams. Partial shield and cross, clear mintmark and assayer, some flat patches, darkly toned obverse with reddish encrustation. d121804671215 $250
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer J. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer J. 26.26 grams. Large areas of flatness with planchet polishing lines, partial yet bold shield and cross neatly framed in the middle, clear assayer, a bit of dark encrustation around edges. d121804671219 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer J. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer J. 25.27 grams. Lightly corroded surfaces, nearly full shield and cross with bold mintmark and assayer's initial, light gold toning over silvery surfaces. d121804671220 $275
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible, denomination 8 visible, characteristic "thumbprint" on cross. 26.30 grams. Almost no surface corrosion, interesting "thumbprint" ridges on reverse (formed when a sharp tool was used to scrape die in order to remove surface corrosion). d121804671367 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. 23.57 grams. Minor surface corrosion, partial shield and cross, patches of dark encrustation. d121804671216 $185
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. 21.13 grams. Desirable "cabo de barra (end of the bar)" piece, partial yet bold shield and cross, darkly toned with even surface corrosion. d121804671218 HOLD
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. 26.26 grams. Silvery, almost no corrosion, partial shield, crown, cross, and legend. d121804671223 $280
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. 26.04 grams. Partial yet defined crown, shield, and cross, some flat areas, silvery color with patches of dark encrustation. d121804671224 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. 24.25 grams. Partial shield and cross with some flat areas, silvery color throughout. d121804671225 $195
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. 25.33 grams. Good full cross, shield side coated in tan-brown encrustation, one sharp point, with certificate #M-8330 signed by Harry Cannon (Real Eight Co. tan color cert.). d111804667020 $295
Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer not visible. 23.35 grams. Most of cross and shield but both obscured by dark encrustation over corroded surfaces, with certificate #M-8105 signed by Harry Cannon (Real Eight Co. tan color cert.) d111804667023 $195

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Akerendam, sunk in 1725 off Norway

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Le Chemeau, sunk in 1725 off Nova Scotia, Canada

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France (Lyon mint), louis d'or, Louis XV, 1723-D, PCGS MS61. France (Lyon mint), louis d'or, Louis XV, 1723-D, PCGS MS61. KM-468.5. 6.53 grams. High quality example with light matte surfaces from saltwater immersion, excellent details with some adjustment marks and die polish lines still visible, very light encrustation on reverse. d041801031001 $2,650

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Spanish 1733 Fleet, Florida Keys

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Vliegenthart, sunk in 1735 off Zeeland, Netherlands

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Mexico, cob 8 reales Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, 1732F. 18.72 grams. Areas of corrosion yet date, mintmark, assayer, and part of shield are bold. d091812031008 SOLD

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Rooswijk, sunk in 1739 southeast of England

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, (17)30R. S-M24; KM-47a; CT-755. 26.07 grams. Most of shield and cross (choice details), clear oMR and 30 of date, peripherally flat but no corrosion, toned in crevices. With generic certificate from the salvagers. Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, (17)30R. S-M24; KM-47a; CT-755. 26.07 grams. Most of shield and cross (choice details), clear oMR and 30 of date, peripherally flat but no corrosion, toned in crevices. With generic certificate from the salvagers. d051804191031 $325

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Hollandia, sunk in 1743 off the Isles of Scilly, southwest of England

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United Netherlands United Netherlands "rider" ducatoon (encrusted). 26.50 grams. Heavily encrusted with bits of sediment and rusted iron. d121804671235 $95
United Netherlands United Netherlands "rider" ducatoon (encrusted). 31.50 grams. Heavily encrusted with bits of sediment and rusted iron, knight and shield visible. d121804671236 $95
Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 8 reales, Philip V, 1738MF. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 8 reales, Philip V, 1738MF. KM-103; CT-783. 19.96 grams. Heavily corroded with black surfaces, some details visible. d121804671268 $60
Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 8 reales, Philip V, 1740MF. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 8 reales, Philip V, 1740MF. KM-103; CT-790. 24.51 grams. Corroded (pillars side moreso than shield side) and darkly toned yet fully detailed. d121804671267 $95
Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 4 reales, Philip V, various dates (1738-1740), assayer MF. 4 available. Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 4 reales, Philip V, 1738MF. d101819191005 $110

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Reijgersdaal, sunk in 1747 off South Africa

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Mexico, cob 8 reales Mexico City, Mexico, pillar 8 reales, Philip V, 1744MF. KM-103; CT-797. 24.60 grams. Lightly corroded with nice fields on shield side, darkly toned all over. d101819191001 SOLD

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Bredenhof, sunk in 1753 off Mozambique, east of Africa

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Dutch East India Company (Zeeland province) copper duits, 1752. KM-152.2. Nice specimens with generally full details, some thinning and encrustation from corrosion. 11 available. Dutch East India Company (Zeeland province) copper duits, 1752. KM-152.2. Nice specimens with generally full details, some thinning and encrustation from corrosion. 4 available. d051804191044-47 $45 each

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Auguste, sunk in 1761 off Nova Scotia, Canada

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France (Toulouse mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1728-M, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.13. 23.81 grams. Moderate surface corrosion (particularly on obverse) but reverse details clear, including date and mintmark (scarce mint), lightly toned. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. France (Toulouse mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1728-M, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.13. 23.81 grams. Moderate surface corrosion (particularly on obverse) but reverse details clear, including date and mintmark (scarce mint), lightly toned. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. d051804191048 $195
France (Aix mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1729, mintmark ampersand, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.27. 26.96 grams. VF/XF with light (surfaces) to moderate (rims) corrosion, uneven toning, dark patch in center of reverse, scarce mint. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. France (Aix mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1729, mintmark ampersand, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.27. 26.96 grams. VF/XF with light (surfaces) to moderate (rims) corrosion, uneven toning, dark patch in center of reverse, scarce mint. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. d051804191050 $195
France (Riom mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1731-O, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.15. 27.89 grams. VF/XF with patchy toning, minimal corrosion, large old X-scratch on reverse, scarce date for the mint. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. France (Riom mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1731-O, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.15. 27.89 grams. VF/XF with patchy toning, minimal corrosion, large old X-scratch on reverse, scarce date for the mint. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. d051804191051 $275
France (Bayonne mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1732-L, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.12. 27.07 grams. VF/XF with light surface corrosion all over, low-contrast toning. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. France (Bayonne mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1732-L, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.12. 27.07 grams. VF/XF with light surface corrosion all over, low-contrast toning. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. d051804191052 $225
France (Lyon mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1734-D, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.6. 27.37 grams. Slightly oblong XF with patchy toning, light surface corrosion and minor rim-loss. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. France (Lyon mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1734-D, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.6. 27.37 grams. Slightly oblong XF with patchy toning, light surface corrosion and minor rim-loss. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. d051804191053 $225
France (Dijon mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1736-P, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.16. 27.45 grams. Low-contrast XF+ with light surface corrosion on obverse only, also odd cracking above head, light toning, rare date for the mint. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. France (Dijon mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1736-P, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.16. 27.45 grams. Low-contrast XF+ with light surface corrosion on obverse only, also odd cracking above head, light toning, rare date for the mint. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. d051804191054 $225
France (Aix mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1737, mintmark ampersand, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.27. 27.93 grams. Lightly struck AU with hints of luster but uneven toning and generally low contrast, minimal surface corrosion, no rims, old adjustment scratches on both sides (large X on obverse). With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. France (Aix mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1737, mintmark ampersand, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.27. 27.93 grams. Lightly struck AU with hints of luster but uneven toning and generally low contrast, minimal surface corrosion, no rims, old adjustment scratches on both sides (large X on obverse). With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. d051804191056 $195
France (Bayonne mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1738-L, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.12. 26.78 grams. Crude from very weak centers, light surface corrosion and patches of dark encrustation, crude rims (bruise on obverse), but still solid overall. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. France (Bayonne mint), ecu, Louis XV, 1738-L, ex-Auguste Shipwreck Research Collection. KM-486.12. 26.78 grams. Crude from very weak centers, light surface corrosion and patches of dark encrustation, crude rims (bruise on obverse), but still solid overall. With original (generic) certificate from the salvagers. d051804191057 $195
France (Pau mint, for the Province of Bearn), ecu, Louis XV (large bust), 1742, mintmark cow. France (Pau mint, for the Province of Bearn), ecu, Louis XV (large bust), 1742, mintmark cow. 28.23 grams. Lightly corroded and darkly toned but rather nice from this wreck with bold coins design details, heavy adjustment marks on obverse. d121804674001 $165

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La Dromadaire, sunk in 1762 off the Cape Verde Islands, west of Africa

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France (Rennes mint), ecu, Louis XV (large bust), 1759, mintmark 9. KM-512.27. 28.71 grams. Faint corrosion, some surface damage but details are sharp, edge lettering is legible, darkly toned, choice from this wreck. France (Bayonne mint), ecu, Louis XV (large bust), 1757-L. KM-512.12. 26.79 grams. Light corrosion with bold details, old scratch in front of bust, small area of edge damage. d081804619002 $225
Mexico, cob 8 reales France, ecu, Louis XV, 1726, mintmark not visible. d081804619024 $35

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Nicobar, sunk in 1783 off False Bay, South Africa

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Cazador, sunk in 1784 in the Gulf of Mexico

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Piedmont, sunk in 1795 off Cornwall, southwest of England

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Admiral Gardner, sunk in 1809 southeast of England

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British East India Co., copper X cash, 1808. Encrusted clump of six British East India Co. copper X cash, 1808.  37.97 grams total. Heavily encrusted leaning stack of copper X cash coins, large bits of sediment and shells. d121804671238 $150
British East India Co., copper X cash, 1808. British East India Co., copper X cash, 1808, encapsulated in promotional plastic holder.  Choice quality nicely toned, no corrosion. d111718181002 $45

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"1810 wreck", sunk in 1810 off the east coast of Florida

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British East India Co., copper X cash, 1808. Mexico City, Mexico, bust 8 reales, Ferdinand VII transitional ("armored bust"), 1809TH, with Fisher tag.  19.61 grams. Moderate corrosion but visible bust and pillars. With Fisher tag #21852. d081804626019 $90

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S.S. New York, sunk in 1846 off Louisiana

 

The SS New York was a side-wheel steamer that foundered during a hurricane about 60 miles off the coast of Cameron, Louisiana in 1846. Four New Iberia, Louisiana area residents found the 365-ton wooden hull ship in about 60 feet of water two years ago. The four, who call their recovery operation, “Gentlemen of Fortune,” are Gary and Reneè Hebert, Avery Munson and Craig DeRouen.

 

USA (mint uncertain), 50c Seated Liberty, 1843, in a clump with brass tack and ring, shell and earthenware shard, encased in Lucite. 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" x 2" (Lucite block) with stand and box, a cool conversation piece overall, with original hand signed certificated of authenticity.

Zacatecas, Mexico, cap-and-rays 8 reales, 1846OM, encapsulated NGC SS New York Shipwreck Effect. Full but soft details all over due to corrosive abrasion, tiny spots of toning. d071711031001

d051207081001 $355

 

Santo Andre, sunk in 1856 off the Cape Verde Islands, west of Africa

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British East India Co., copper X cash, 1808. Spanish colonial bust 8 reales of Charles IV, various mints and dates (where visible). Moderately corroded but each with most details clear and attributable to mints of Mexico, Lima and Potosi (some clear dates). With generic certificates from the salvagers. 6 available. d051804191177-82 $95 each
British East India Co., copper X cash, 1808. Spanish colonial bust 8 reales of Ferdinand VII, various mints and dates (where visible). Moderate to heavy corrosion but with most details clear, some bold dates, half with transitional bust (Mexico). With generic certificates from the salvagers. 6 available. d051804191183-88 $95 each

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SS Republic, sunk in 1865 off Georgia

 

The SS Republic began its life as the merchant ship SS Tennessee, launched in 1853. When the Civil War began on April 12, 1861, she was tied up in the New Orleans harbor. She was then pressed into service as a Confederate blockade runner named the CSS Tennessee but never escaped the harbor. After the war, she was sold and renamed the SS Republic. On her final voyage in October of 1865, she was carrying passengers and cargo including $400,000 in silver and gold coins. She got caught in a strong hurricane and sank on Oct. 25, 1865 off the coast of Georgia. In 2003, the wreck was located and a large amount of rare U.S. gold and silver coins were recovered.

 

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USA (New Orleans mint), half dollar seated Liberty, 1861-O, Louisiana issue, encapsulated NGC SS Republic Shipwreck Effect.

USA (New Orleans mint), half dollar seated Liberty, 1861-O, Louisiana issue, encapsulated NGC SS Republic Shipwreck Effect.

USA (Philadelphia mint), half dollar seated Liberty, 1862, encapsulated NGC SS Republic Shipwreck Effect. Somewhat hazy appearance with light saltwater corrosion throughout though strong details remaining, particularly on the eagle, a very rare date (only 137 recovered) from the S.S. Republic. In Q. David Bowers' report entitled, "The SS Republic Shipwreck Excavation Project: the Coin Collection," Bowers notes that "Just 489 coins range between 1831-52 (1%), with the majority of 41,671 spanning the years 1853-61 (88.2%), with the greatest peaks in volume evident for the years 1858 (9,587) and 1861 (14,158). A sharp decline is witnessed for the period 1862-65, which is represented by just 338 issues (0.7%), of course reflecting disruptions in production and circulation during the American Civil War (1861-65)." A table in the report shows that just 185 halves from 1862 were recovered: 137 from the Philadelphia mint and 48 from the San Francisco mint. NGC #1796660-010. With salvager's certificate. d101718061002 $975
USA (New Orleans mint), half dollar seated Liberty, 1861-O, Louisiana issue, encapsulated NGC SS Republic Shipwreck Effect.

USA (New Orleans mint), half dollar seated Liberty, 1861-O, Louisiana issue, encapsulated NGC SS Republic Shipwreck Effect.

USA (Philadelphia mint), half dollar seated Liberty, 1862, encapsulated NGC SS Republic Shipwreck Effect. Somewhat hazy appearance with light saltwater corrosion throughout though strong details remaining, particularly on the eagle, a very rare date (only 137 recovered) from the S.S. Republic. In Q. David Bowers' report entitled, "The SS Republic Shipwreck Excavation Project: the Coin Collection," Bowers notes that "just 489 coins range between 1831-52 (1%), with the majority of 41,671 spanning the years 1853-61 (88.2%), with the greatest peaks in volume evident for the years 1858 (9,587) and 1861 (14,158). A sharp decline is witnessed for the period 1862-65, which is represented by just 338 issues (0.7%), of course reflecting disruptions in production and circulation during the American Civil War (1861-65)." A table in the report shows that just 185 halves from 1862 were recovered: 137 from the Philadelphia mint and 48 from the San Francisco mint. NGC #1797743-011. With salvager's certificate. d011804520005 $1,100
USA (New Orleans mint), half dollar seated Liberty, 1861-O, Louisiana issue, encapsulated NGC SS Republic Shipwreck Effect.

USA (New Orleans mint), half dollar seated Liberty, 1861-O, Louisiana issue, encapsulated NGC SS Republic Shipwreck Effect.

USA (Philadelphia mint), half dollar seated Liberty, 1863, encapsulated NGC SS Republic Shipwreck Effect. On the higher end of quality halves recovered from the S.S. Republic, excellent condition with very minimal saltwater corrosion on the brilliant, lustrous surfaces. Also, this coin is a very rare date from the wreck with only 82 found. In Q. David Bowers' report entitled, "The SS Republic Shipwreck Excavation Project: the Coin Collection," Bowers notes that "Just 489 coins range between 1831-52 (1%), with the majority of 41,671 spanning the years 1853-61 (88.2%), with the greatest peaks in volume evident for the years 1858 (9,587) and 1861 (14,158). A sharp decline is witnessed for the period 1862-65, which is represented by just 338 issues (0.7%), of course reflecting disruptions in production and circulation during the American Civil War (1861-65)." A table in the report shows that just 91 halves from 1863 were recovered: 82 from the Philadelphia mint and 9 from the San Francisco mint. NGC #1794471-013. With salvager's certificate. d011804520006 $1,250

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SS Gairsoppa, sunk in 1941 in deep water off Galway, Ireland

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USA, privately-minted 1-ounce 0.999 fine silver medal, struck using silver recovered from the SS Gairsoppa (1941) wreck. Modern Proof medal with cameo design of the ship at sea above name and date of wreck on one side, CERTIFIED GAIRSOPPA SHIPWRECK SILVER on other side with weight and fineness, struck using silver from melted-down ingots recovered from the wreck, a British cargo steamer torpedoed by German U-boat 101 during WWII. USA, privately-minted 1-ounce 0.999 fine silver medal, struck using silver recovered from the SS Gairsoppa (1941) wreck. Modern Proof medal with cameo design of the ship at sea above name and date of wreck on one side, CERTIFIED GAIRSOPPA SHIPWRECK SILVER on other side with weight and fineness, struck using silver from melted-down ingots recovered from the wreck, a British cargo steamer torpedoed by German U-boat 101 during WWII.  i111802041001 $65
USA, privately-minted 1-ounce 0.999 fine silver medal, struck using silver recovered from the SS Gairsoppa (1941) wreck. Modern Proof medal with cameo design of the ship at sea above name and date of wreck on one side, CERTIFIED GAIRSOPPA SHIPWRECK SILVER on other side with weight and fineness, struck using silver from melted-down ingots recovered from the wreck, a British cargo steamer torpedoed by German U-boat 101 during WWII. USA, privately-minted 1-ounce 0.999 fine silver medal, struck using silver recovered from the SS Gairsoppa (1941) wreck. Modern Proof medal with cameo design of the ship at sea above name and date of wreck on one side, CERTIFIED GAIRSOPPA SHIPWRECK SILVER on other side with weight and fineness, struck using silver from melted-down ingots recovered from the wreck, a British cargo steamer torpedoed by German U-boat 101 during WWII.  i111802041002 $65

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"Manila Bay treasure," dumped off the Philippines in 1942  

 

During World War II, US-administration Philippine coinage held by the Philippine Treasury was dumped in Manila Bay by the U.S. Navy on the eve of Japanese occupation. After the invasion, the Japanese forced Filipino divers and then, after some of the Filipinos died, U.S. Navy divers (prisoners of war) to recover the coins, from a depth of 120 feet. The divers hid many of the coins they recovered and smuggled them back into the Philippine economy, effectively undermining the Japanese paper currency. Just as the Japanese figured out what was happening, a typhoon came through and ended the salvage operation. Further salvage efforts by the U.S. Navy and private interests after the war resulted in the recovery of millions of the coins, but more than half remain there to this day.

 

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Shipwreck Paper Money: SS Andrea Doria, sunk in 1956 off Nantucket 

 

The SS Andrea Doria was an Italian luxury liner operated by the Italian Line from 1953 to 1956. During her three years of service, she had many transatlantic voyages and became popular with passengers for her luxury accommodations and quick speed. On the night of July 25, 1956, the Andrea Doria collided with the MS Stockholm, a Swedish American Line passenger liner, while travelling through heavy fog. The Stockholm's bow penetrated the Andrea Doria's starboard side, leaving a gaping hole. However, safety measures kept the Andrea Doria afloat for 11 hours, long enough for the survivors to evacuate. All together, 46 people died aboard the Andrea Doria while 6 crew members of the Stockholm were killed.
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Please note there is an shipping and insurance charge of $17 on any Andrea Doria notes. (Note these pieces are also listed under Paper Money Category)

 

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USA, $1 silver certificate, series 1935D, serial T87631791F, salvaged from the Andrea Doria (1956), in large PCGS Currency capsule and promotional case, grade USA, $1 silver certificate, series 1935D, serial T87631791F, salvaged from the Andrea Doria (1956), in large PCGS Currency capsule and promotional case, grade "B." Scarce series of silver certificate from the Andrea Doria; PCGS reports just 224 1935D note compared to over 2,300 1935E notes. Grade B (defined by PCGS as being between 75 to 90 percent intact), moderate staining, degradation along edges, circulated paper quality, good original ink colors. The note is encased in a lucite holder contained in a display box and comes with a salvager's certificate as well as a DVD copy of the documentary "S.S. Andrea Doria: A Journey of Adventure." PCGS #80017017. x111804663005 $275
USA, $1 silver certificate, series 1935D, serial V40075861F, salvaged from the Andrea Doria (1956), in large PCGS Currency capsule and promotional case, Grade USA, $1 silver certificate, series 1935E, serial J00768538H, salvaged from the Andrea Doria (1956), in large PCGS Currency capsule and promotional case, grade "B." Grade B (defined by PCGS as being between 75 to 90 percent intact), some staining, degradation along edges and on left side of note, good original ink colors and paper quality. The note is encased in a lucite holder contained in a display box and comes with a salvager's certificate as well as a DVD copy of the documentary "S.S. Andrea Doria: A Journey of Adventure." PCGS #80019217. x071804606002e $275
USA, $1 silver certificate, series 1935E, serial P99539939H, salvaged from the Andrea Doria (1956), in large PCGS Currency capsule and promotional case, grade USA, $1 silver certificate, series 1935E, serial P99539939H, salvaged from the Andrea Doria (1956), in large PCGS Currency capsule and promotional case, grade "B." Grade B (defined by PCGS as being between 75 to 90 percent intact), light staining, degradation along left side, circulated paper quality, good original ink colors. The note is encased in a lucite holder contained in a display box and comes with a salvager's certificate as well as a DVD copy of the documentary "S.S. Andrea Doria: A Journey of Adventure." PCGS #80017127. x111804663003 $275

     

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