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.  VISIT OUR SHIPWRECK HISTORY PAGE HERE

 

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

MS Douro, sunk in 1882

SS Andrea Doria, sunk in 1956

 

 

Golden Fleece wreck," sunk ca. 1550 in the northern Caribbean

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 Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Early Series," assayer R (Rincon). Full legends and inner details with deep toning all over, some pits of corrosion including on assayer (making it look like a P, which would be much rarer), XF details overall.

Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Early Series," assayer R (Rincon). Full legends and inner details with deep toning all over, some pits of corrosion including on assayer (making it look like a P, which would be much rarer), XF details overall. From the Golden Fleece Wreck

d011916051002 $1,895
Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Early Series," assayer P to left, mintmark M to right (oPo-oMo), right-leaning panel, HISPANIARVM, very rare, NGC XF 40. Nesmith-21; CT-76 type; S-M4. Richly toned and nearly perfect strike with 100% full details, slight central weakness caused by concave strike that NGC appears to have mistaken for wear, rarest variety of assayer P 4 reales (oPo-oMo and right-leaning panel) with fewer than a dozen examples recorded. NGC #3075389-019.

Mexico City, Mexico, 4 reales, Charles-Joanna, "Early Series," assayer P to right, mintmark M to left (oMo-oPo), right-leaning panel, HISPANIARVM, NGC XF 40. Nesmith-26a type; CT-75 type; S-M4. Deep gunmetal toning with underlying luster, choice full strike, AU by today's standards. NGC #3157788-012.

e011904030004 $2,250

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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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Sao Jose, sunk in 1622 off Mozambique

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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. 25.9 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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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.

Cartagena, Colombia, cob 4 reales, Philip IV, assayer E below mintmark C to right (early 1630s). Strangely rectangular flan on a diagonal axis relative to the design (which tended to occur on Cartagena 4R, for whatever reason), with nice full shield and clear denomination to left, corroded cross, dark encrustation in crevices.

d011904690001 $595

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Capitana, sunk in 1654 off Chanduy, Ecuador

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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, 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 Mint - Pillars-and-waves

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

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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. Big clump of four silver rupees with much encrustation. 68.21 grams. Large, irregular clump with porous encrustation and rust patches, coins are dark with some having details visible. d081819181006 $645
Surat, India (Mughal Empire), 1 rupee, Aurangzeb (1658-1707), AH1113 (1702). Heavily encrusted in attractive tan color with some details peeking through. Small clump of two silver rupees with much encrustation. 26.96 grams. Small and stable clump with dark and rusty encrustation, one coin with fully visible and detailed obverse showing for an overall nice display. d081819181007 $345
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

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Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, Philip V, assayer J. 1714 Mexico City, Mexico, cob 8 reales, 1714J. 25.83 grams. Bold 14 of date (new style), clear denomination, nearly full (but partially weak) crown and shield and cross, dark encrustation in crevices. d121804671374 $495

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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 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. 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

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Akerendam, sunk in 1725 off Norway

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United Netherlands Utrecht, United Netherlands, gold ducat, 1724, PCGS MS62. Choice bold strike with full details (including knight's head), satin-smooth fields. d031901211001 $975

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Spanish 1733 Fleet, Florida Keys

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Vliegenthart, sunk in 1735 off Zeeland, Netherlands

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United Netherlands Overijssel, United Netherlands, "rider" ducatoon, 1733. 32.34 grams. UNC details with typical small flaws but no corrosion or damage, non-toned. d031904141002 $595
United Netherlands United Netherlands "rider" ducatoon (encrusted). 26.50 grams. Heavily encrusted with bits of sediment and rusted iron. d031904141001 $595

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Rooswijk, sunk in 1739 southeast of England

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

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Reijgersdaal, sunk in 1747 off South Africa

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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. With generic certificates from the salvagers. 3 available. d051804191045-47 $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

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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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Cazador, sunk in 1784 in the Gulf of Mexico

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Admiral Gardner, sunk in 1809 southeast of England

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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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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.

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. 5 available (bottom left is sold). d051804191184-88 $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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RMS Douro, sunk in 1882 off Cape Finisterre, Spain

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London, Great Britain, 1 sovereign, 1871, Queen Victoria, St. George reverse, NGC AU 53 / R.M.S. Douro Shipwreck. Lightly circulated surfaces with bright luster remaining, some faint rose gold toning in areas. NGC London, Great Britain, 1 sovereign, 1871, Queen Victoria, St. George reverse, NGC AU 53 / R.M.S. Douro Shipwreck. Lightly circulated surfaces with bright luster remaining, some faint rose gold toning in areas. NGC #4472337-092.  d011901611013 $795
London, Great Britain, 1 sovereign, 1871, Queen Victoria, St. George reverse, NGC AU 53 / R.M.S. Douro Shipwreck. Lightly circulated surfaces with bright luster remaining, some faint rose gold toning in areas. NGC London, Great Britain, 1 sovereign, 1871, Queen Victoria, St. George reverse, NGC AU 53 / R.M.S. Douro Shipwreck. Lightly circulated surfaces with bright luster remaining, some faint rose gold toning in areas. NGC #4472337-010.  d011901611014 $795
London, Great Britain, 1 sovereign, 1871, Queen Victoria, St. George reverse, NGC AU 53 / R.M.S. Douro Shipwreck. Lightly circulated surfaces with bright luster remaining, some faint rose gold toning in areas. NGC London, Great Britain, 1 sovereign, 1872, Queen Victoria, St. George reverse, NGC AU 53 / R.M.S. Douro Shipwreck. Lightly circulated surfaces with bright luster remaining, some faint rose gold toning in areas. NGC #4472337-220. b011901611008 $795
London, Great Britain, 1 sovereign, 1871, Queen Victoria, St. George reverse, NGC AU 53 / R.M.S. Douro Shipwreck. Lightly circulated surfaces with bright luster remaining, some faint rose gold toning in areas. NGC London, Great Britain, 1 sovereign, 1872, Queen Victoria, St. George reverse, NGC AU 53 / R.M.S. Douro Shipwreck. Lightly circulated surfaces with bright luster remaining, some faint rose gold toning in areas. NGC #4472337-168.  b011901611009 $795
London, Great Britain, 1 sovereign, 1871, Queen Victoria, St. George reverse, NGC AU 53 / R.M.S. Douro Shipwreck. Lightly circulated surfaces with bright luster remaining, some faint rose gold toning in areas. NGC London, Great Britain, 1 sovereign, 1872, Queen Victoria, St. George reverse, NGC AU 53 / R.M.S. Douro Shipwreck. Lightly circulated surfaces with bright luster remaining, some faint rose gold toning in areas. NGC #4472337-118.  b011901611011 $795

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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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Philippines (US administration), peso, 1908-S. Polished surfaces, some toning, non-corroded VF. Philippines (US administration), peso, 1908-S. Polished surfaces, some toning, non-corroded VF.  d011916141001 $55

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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

     

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