Ryro Posted June 20, 2022 · Supporter Share Posted June 20, 2022 For my 41st extraction day, my wonderful Dad gave me a CNG certified "Shipwreck" coin. In the excitement, I forgot what wreck pops said it was from🤓 So, I went to the source and looked on CNG and found this listing. Buckle your seats for a tale so fantastic, that it must be "real" "From the El Cazador, Bound for New Orleans (1784) MEXICO, Colonial. Carlos III. King of Spain, 1759-1788. AR 8 Reales (38mm, 12h). Ciudad de México (Mexico City) mint; Francisco de la Pena and Francisco Arance Cobos, assayers. Dated 1783 Mo FF. Grove 1340; KM 106.2. Fine, toned. In an NGC Shpwreck Certification holder marked Genuine. From the wreck of the El Cazador. In early 1784, the El Cazador (“The Hunter”) set sail from Veracruz to New Orleans. The economy of the then-Spanish colony of Louisiana was in such a poor state that the colonialists were on the brink of revolution. Hard currency was desperately needed, and the El Cazador, loaded with Spanish silver coins struck at the Mexico City mint, was launched to resolve the situation. The ship never arrived, for reasons that are unclear. Spanish attempts to locate and retrieve the treasure failed, and in June 1784 the ship was officially declared as lost at sea. It would take over two centuries for the treasure to be located. In August 1993 the fishing boat Mistake snagged its nets in the Gulf of Mexico. When the nets were dumped on the deck, the crew was shocked to find they had hoisted silver coins." And that's where the story ends. Was it pirates, bad weather, a drunken top sail in the crows nest??? Clearly, I've some FUN researching ahead. But would love to read if anyone else is aware of this tale of treasure and tragedy that can illuminate it to me further. I haven't seen @barry Murphy over yet, otherwise I would tag him.. Hope to see him soon😊 Here are some other coins sure to have purchased a flagon of ale! Sextus Pompeius was a pirate before it was cool: And some Spanish coinage, "Reals" of eight n such: So please share with me all your Shipwreck swag, pirate booty, coins that have clearly spent some time under water! 15 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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