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2, 1, and 1/2 reales Spain (1734/18th century) – Princess Louisa

395.00

Obverse: crowned coat of arms
Reverse: cross with castles and lions in quarters
 
Recovered from the wreck of the East Indiaman ‘Princess Louisa’
 
The Princess Louisa was lost on April 18th, 1743 on Galleons Reef, in the treacherous waters off of the Cape Verde Islands. Laden with 20 chests of Spanish silver, she fell victim to surprise currents and inaccurate charts and struck a reef and sank off Isla de Maio in the early morning hours of April 18. 42 of the 116 people aboard floated to safety on the nearby island, but nothing on the ship could be saved. In 1998 and 1999 the wrecksite was located and salvaged by the Arqueonautas firm. Most of the coins were New World silver cobs from all the mints that were operating in the early 1700s (including rare Bogotá cobs), predominantly minors (smaller than 8 reales), in average condition, with quite a few preserved in as-found multiple-coin clusters.

 

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Weight

1.28 g, 3.72 g, 4.41 g

Diameter

13.0 mm, 17.0 mm, 22.0 mm