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1742 Shipwreck Piece of Eight Salvaged from Reijgersdaal

1742 Shipwreck Piece of Eight Salvaged from Reijgersdaal

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Sailing out of Amsterdam, the Dutch East India Co. ship Reijgersdaal sank off South Africa in heavy seas Oct. 26, 1747, taking a treasure of thousands of Spanish pieces of eight to the bottom of the sea. Salvors found the wreck in the late 1970s and began recovery.

This 1742 piece shows minimal wear or corrosion, making it one of the better coins to have been brought up. At 26.5 grams, it weights about 1/2 gram less than an uncirculated eight reales coin. It was minted during the reign of Phillip V of Spain at the Mexico City Mint on the watch of assayer Francisco de la Pena.

The piece comes with paperwork (see photo) indicating its origin.


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