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ID11709
 
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  Metal Type:  Sterling Silver Bezel with 18k Prongs and Bail
  Diameter:  46mm
  Length:  17 '' + 2'' ext.
 
 
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SPANISH 8 REALE/CONCEPTION SHIPWRECK



Denomination:    Silver 8 Reale                                                  


Date1600's AD

 

Description: 

On September 28, 1641, the Spanish treasure fleet named "The Concepcion" set sail for Europe from Havana. It was the second attempt for the season. Only ten days before: the fleet had sailed and hit storms and had to return to port for repairs.

The Concepcion, a leaking 600 ton galleon with a rudder too small and overly high freeboard, was loaded to the gunwales with the treasures of the New World and the Orient. Carrying tons of silver from the rich mines of Mexico and Potosi. Also aboard were quantities of gold and jewels, silks, spices, porcelain, and jade. In addition to the government cargo, the Concepcicn and other ships also carried much personal treasure of Diego de Pacheco, Viceroy of New Spain, and payments being remitted by major merchants of all the new World Colonies.

On the second voyage the fleet once again encountered severe storms, the hurricane season being in full swing. The fleet was scattered and the Concepcion was badly damaged. The ship drifted under jury rig for many days, the pumps going full-time. On November 2, 1641, the hulk of the Concepcion ran aground amidst the reefs north of Hispañola, the present day Dominican Republic.


On November 28, 1978, salvages found the remains of the Concepcion and modern divers were able to
bring up the coinage which had been in the strong rooms in the aft section.


 

 
     
 
         
 
 
 
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