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Rare Early 1715 Fleet Eight Reale Coin From Treasure Salvors/Mel Fisher
Rare Early 1715 Fleet Eight Reale Coin From Treasure Salvors/Mel Fisher
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This coin was minted at the Mexico City Mint around 1700. It is an 8 reale, and was recovered from one of the wrecks of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet group of ships which were struck by a hurricane and sunk on the east coast of Florida on July 31, 1715. Nearly 1000 lives and millions of pesos in treasure were lost. This one is very scarce in that it has a duplicate of the Treasure Salvors/Mel Fisher certificate that predates his salvages on that Fleet under the name Cobb Coin Company. This is the type of certificate that was used in the 1970's. The Fleet wasn't even attributed on the certificate for some reason. This was possibly made during the time when Mel was battling the State of Florida for the treasure coins he was recovering, and it may have been better for him not attribute a coin to a particular wreck. I don't know. That was around 1973 and 1974, and even later. The State took everything he recovered during that period from any wreck he "controlled", mainly the Atocha. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own a historical piece like this. It is so rare that a customer of mine took a similar coin into the Mel Fisher museum in Key West that had the same certificate, and they told her the certificate was "bogus". Ha. Very few of the original people at the museum now. Just the Fisher family, and they would have recognized the certificate instantly. It's been a long time since the early days. I have been around and doing this as a business since that time, and I remember. The "newbies" that work at the museum don't have a clue about the history. I have two people who were major players with Mel in the search for the Atocha tell me that in the last few years they went into the Museum in Key West and weren't even recognized. Amazing. Don't miss this. Again, an original coin with a duplicate certificate.

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