1733 Spanish Treasure Fleet – 8 Reales Silver Cob
The 1733 Spanish treasure fleet was a convoy of 21 ships that set sail from Havana, Cuba, in July 1733, bound for Spain. Carrying a vast wealth of gold, silver, and other precious items from the New World, the fleet’s voyage was cut short when a powerful hurricane struck it. As a result, many of the ships were either sunk or wrecked along the Florida Keys. While the Spanish authorities managed to recover a significant portion of the sunken treasure in the following years, some of the wreckage and their valuable cargo remain lost to this day. The remnants of this fleet have since become the focus of marine archaeology and treasure-hunting expeditions.
Obverse: PHILLIPPVS . V . DEI . G 1731, around shield and Crown
M – Mexican Mint
F – Assayer Felipe Rivas Angulo 1730-1733 Typical Assayer for Mexican silver cobs salvaged from the 1733 Fleet.
Reverse: HISPANIARVM . ET . INDIARVM . REX
Diameter: 39 mm
Silver-plated lead-free metal, made in the USA
This coin is stamped on the reverse with the word copy.
It is packaged in a coin-collecting flip with the description of the coin printed on the flip insert.