RILL COVE SHIP WRECK, 8 REALES, MEXICO MINT

RILL COVE SHIP WRECK, 8 REALES, MEXICO MINT

Code: 10414

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King Philip III, 1598-1621, Of Spain
Silver 8 Reales Cob Coin Shield type design
Mexico mint
35 mm x 33 mm, 20 grams.
A much better grade coin from the usual worn slithers that tend to turn up from this well known wreck. Comes with a Rill Cove certificate.

*The Rill Cove Ship Wreck

The name and nationality of the 17th Centaury merchantman ship are unknown and even the date of sinking is not certain. We know through local historical records that local salvage began in 1618. After the rediscovery of the wreck by Ken Simpson and Mike Hall in 1975, eventually some 3,000 coins were recovered and sold, all silver cobs, mostly Mexican, but also a few from Potosí and Spain. Most of the coins salvaged are thin from corrosion but with dark toning on fields to enhance details. Because it is rather early, this wreck has yielded several important rarities like the F-oD dual-assayer issue from the Mexico City mint.