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14K Gold Pendant, Ancient Spanish Half a Real, Certificate 6539

$295.00 $359.00

Authentic shipwreck treasure coin set into a solid 14k gold pendant. Like all of our pieces, it comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Denomination: 1/2 Real                  Date: 16 -18th Century

Region: New World                          Mint: Potosi

Advantages: This pendant is a completely unisex piece. It looks great on a gold chain, silver chain, or a leather string. The piece could appeal to anyone from a student to a history buff, to people that love antiques, to anyone who appreciates beauty and historic events. This necklace makes for a great conversation piece as well as meaningful gift.

HISTORY: This beautiful silver coin was apart of the treasure of the new world being shipped home to Spain. A delay in getting the coins from the mint in Potosi prevented the Santa Maria De La Consolacion from sailing with the rest of the Armada from Callao, Chile. Intended to be part of the Spanish “South Seas Fleet” of 1681, which left Lima’s port of Callao in April, the Consolación ended up traveling alone. At the Gulf of Guayaquil, off modern-day Ecuador, the Consolación encountered English pirates, led by Bartholomew Sharpe, who forced the Spanish galleon to sink on a reef off Santa Clara Island (later nicknamed “Isla de Muerto,” or Dead Man’s Island). Before the pirates could get to the ship, the crew set fire to her and tried to escape to the nearby island without success. Angered by the inability to seize the valuable cargo of the Consolación, Sharpe’s men killed the Spaniards and tried in vain to recover the treasure through the efforts of local fishermen. Spanish attempts after that were also fruitless, so the treasure of the Consolación sat undisturbed until the late 1990s. Spanish Conquistadors and Missionaries flocked to the Americas in search of wealth or in hopes of spreading the Gospel in the New World. Most of the mineral wealth they could gather was melted and turned into coins, which were struck, loaded onto ships, and sent across the Atlantic Ocean to the King of Spain. Because of the haste from mine to mint, to shipping, and the crudity of the technology of the times, the detail of the coins is rarely clear. These historic coins are known to Collectors as “cobs” and the abbreviation of the Spanish term for “Cabo De Berra” meaning cut from the end of the bar. Although the full details is rarely clear because of the ragged shape, the front features a cross, that ranges from a plain cross to one with bars on the end, known as a “Jerusalem Cross.” The reverse depicts the crest of either the Hapsburgs or the Bourbons, powerful European families who ruled in Spain.

Jewelry Maintenance:
1. Avoid chemicals. Do not wear to hot tubs or sea. 
2. To clean use a silver cloth on gold. Absolutely NO JEWELRY CLEANERS!
3. Best preserved in ziplock bag when not worn.

The jewelry made in the US.
The piece comes with a Certificate of Authenticity of the Coin.
Workmanship is guaranteed. 
RETURNS: 2 weeks no questions asked. Time counts from the time you receive the item to the time you ship it back.