thenickelguy Posted February 18 · Member Share Posted February 18 The story of "A Silver Cob" I received a surprising message here from robinjojo stating he wanted to send me one. A gift! What ?!? I am sure that he saw my recent Wanted post in The Cabinet and a couple threads I started not too long ago about copper Spanish hammered coins and an 1808 8 Reales coin as my latest acquisitions. I never expected to receive such a generous present as this . . . . 1652 8 Reales Bolivia Shipwreck Coin Potosi Mint Imagine the journey of this coin to my hand. Slaves worked deep the mines, chipping away at the hard rock to get the silver ore. Other slaves, carried 100 plus pound sacks or baskets of ore up dangerous high ladders. Sometimes they fell to their death. Off to the smelters around the Potosi Bolivia mining community. Finally cast into and cut from bars, each coin was struck by hand. Eventually, they were crossing over harsh terrain for about 200 miles to the Port of Arica (most likely) in Chile on the Pacific coast for shipment to numerous destinations in the early global economy. This coin however, had quite a trip. I cannot say where it was recovered, but there is a good chance it was actually salvaged twice from two different shipwrecks. After 1000 miles slowly sailing north it sank near shore in the Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Slaves again dove for the treasure of the Capitana, what they salvaged was again shipped up the the isthmus of Panama and once again carried overland to the Caribbean Seaport and loaded on the Spanish ship Maravillas headed for Spain. My guess is this coin was probably recovered south of the Bahamas in the early 1980's. READ the two links below the confused doggie picture. When I opened the package, I had an odd feeling, I could actually feel the history in my hand. I am so excited, thank you robinjojo for the great gift. I will pay forward in some way. I know it is valuable. When I try to convey my excitement in conversation with my wife about it though, she looks at me like my dog would if I would rub a balloon in my hair and let the static electricity make it stick to a wall. _____________________ BOLIVIA EL CAPITANA SHIPWRECK 1654 _____________________ I cannot bring myself to copy this text and repost it so here is the story of the "First" shipwreck. https://www.pirategoldcoins.com/el-capitana-shipwreck-1654.html _____________________ The MARAVILLAS Story 1656 _____________________ Here is the story of the "Second" shipwreck.https://divingthemaravillas.wordpress.com/ 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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