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BlackBeard's Treasure

Category:  World Coins
Owner:  jim hawkins
Last Modified:  5/18/2017
Set Description


Pieces of Eight - Doubloons - 8 Reales - Pirate Treasures


Colonial New World Coinage of Mexico, Bolivia and Peru and the Discovery of the America's by the Spanish, Dutch and English.

Set Goals
Treasures of BlackBeard and the Barbary Coast. Each Piece of Eight is struck by hand, no two are the same.
We are looking for quality examples of each year, so this is an on-going project.
Honest history sometimes comes with alittle 'Corrosion' and 'Environmental Damage'
.. *> Many Coins here are the only ones listed in the NGC Census <*..

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View Coin Spain 1/2R (1469-1504) Spain 1/2 R 1469-1504 PCGS VF 20 1469-1504 (ND) Spain PCGS VF20 Christopher Columbus Era Half Reale.
View Coin Spain 4R (1469-1504) SPAIN - TO 1600 4R (1469-1504)D SEVILLE - SQUARE D LARGE ARROWS POINTED LEFT PCGS XF 45 Early Ferdinand and Isabella - from time of Columbus discovery of the Americas - 4 Reales (1469-1504) SEVILLE The Queen of Castile is also credited for having sponsored the voyages of Christopher Columbus who brought many a new lands which were added to the Spanish kingdom.





View Coin Mexico 4R (1542-55) MEXICO - TO 1600 4R (1542-55)M L CARLOS & JOANNA NGC AU 55 The Mint at Mexico City started producing coinage around 1536 thru 1734. Records document the Assayer Luis Rodriguez (M-L) worked the Mexico Mint from 1547-1553, and would have produced this coin in that time frame.
View Coin Mexico 4R (1542-55) MEXICO - TO 1600 4R (1542-55)M L CARLOS & JOANNA NGC XF 45 Records document the Assayer Luis Rodriguez (M-L) worked the Mexico Mint from 1547-1553, and would have produced this coin in that time frame.
View Coin MEXICO 2R (1542-55) L Mexico 2R (1542-55) L MEXICO CAYON-3078 NGC AU 50 2R (1542-55) L MEXICO CAYON-3078
View Coin Mexico 1/2 Real (1550-1558) Mexico 1/2R (1550-58)MOO MEXICO NESMITH-107 NGC XF 45 1/2R (1550-58)MOO MEXICO. Operations at the Mexico Mint started in 1536. Assayer O, (Bernardo de Onate) started in the mid-1550's .. No smaller denomination coinage was known to have been produced. Early survival rates of small denonination coins is rare.
View Coin Mexico 2R oM-O (1571-89) Mexico 2 R 1556-98 PRE-CENSUS PCGS XF 40 Mexico - 2Reales (1556-98) - small denomination coinage saw a lot of circulation , High grade small coinage of this time period is hard to find ** unlisted in NGC Census **
View Coin mexico 4R oM-O 1556-1598 MEXICO - TO 1600 4R (1556-98)MOO PHILIP II NGC XF 45 Early Mexico 4R (1556-98)MOO KM-36, exceptional details
View Coin mexico 4R oM-O 1556-1598 MEXICO - TO 1600 4R (1556-98)MOO PHILIP II NGC VF 30 Mexico 4 Reales. Assayer O shield design - circa 1571 to 1589
View Coin Mexico 8R oM-O 1575-1589 MEXICO - TO 1600 8R (1556-98)MOO PHILIP II NGC XF 40 Early Mexico 8 reales. Shield design 8 reales were not produced before 1575. Assayer O (and perhaps his son) produced these circa 1575-1589
View Coin Mexico 8R oM-O 1575-1589 MEXICO - TO 1600 8R (1556-98)MOO PHILIP II NGC XF 40 Early 8 Reales from Mexico oM/O ..Perhaps an early Presentation Royal Coin with Perfect Die alignment. research for Assayer O dates this circa 1575-1589
View Coin Mexico 8R oM-O 1575-1589 MEXICO - TO 1600 8R (1556-98)MOO PHILIP II NGC AU 50 Mexico 8R (1556-98) oM/O Early Mexico 8 reales. Shield design 8 reales were not produced before 1575. Assayer O produced these circa 1575-1589
View Coin Peru 4R 1577-1589 PERU - TO 1659 4R (1577-87)P D PHILIP II NGC VF Details 4R(1577-87)P D ...The Lima Mint began striking coins in 1568, of which the early years are extremely rare. Diego de la Torre worked the Lima mint from 1577 to 1587.
View Coin Peru 8R 1577-1589 PERU - TO 1659 8R (1577-88)D P PHILIP II NGC VF 35 8R (1577-89)D P ...The Lima Mint began striking coins in 1568, of which the early years are extremely rare. Diego de la Torre worked the Lima mint from 1577 to 1587.
View Coin Peru 8R 1577-1589 PERU - TO 1659 8R (1577-88)D P PHILIP II NGC XF 45 8R (1577-89)D P (KM-14), Early Peru Mint , Diego de la Torre Assayer
View Coin BOLIVIA 1574/75 P R 2R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 2R (1574-86)P R KM-0003.2 NGC VF Details The Mint in Potosi Bolivia started operation in 1574 and ran thru 1773. Assayer Alonso de Rincon, 1574-1576. First assayer of the Bolivia Mint. 2 reales with the 'H' in the word HISPANIARVM missing and commas between the other letters, which dated this to 1574-1576. The Assayers inital 'R' matches the 'R' as stamped into coins from his tenture at the Mexico Mint in 1569-1570.
View Coin BOLIVIA 1574/75 P R 4R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 4R (1574-86)P R KM-0004.2 NGC VF 30 Assayer Alonso de Rincon, 1574-1576. First assayer of the Bolivia Mint. 4 reales with the 'H' in the word HISPANIARVM missing and commas between the other letters, which dated this to 1574-1576. The Assayers inital 'R' matches the 'R' as stamped into coins from his tenture at the La Plata mint in 1573-1574.
View Coin BOLIVIA 1577/78 P L 4R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 4R (1574-86)P L KM-0004.2 NGC VF 30 Potosi - early Bolivia 4 Reales - assayer L (1577-1578) , An exceptional example of the Assayers skill - struck by hand in the Bolivian highlands around 1577 - with 98% of all details visible. Seems alittle undergraded by NGC at VF30..
View Coin BOLIVIA 1574/86 P B 1R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 REAL (1574-86)P B KM-2.2 NGC F 12 1 REAL (1574-86)P B
View Coin BOLIVIA 1574/86 P B 2R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 2R (1574-86)P B NGC VF 20 Early Bolivia , Assayer Juan Ballesteros Narvaez worked this 2 Reale coin during his 3rd period,circa 1581-1586
View Coin BOLIVIA 1574/75 P B 4R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 4R (1574-86)P B KM-0004.2 NGC VF 30 Early Bolivia P-B 4 Reales circa 1578-1581, there is a comma visible after the word 'Hispaniarvm' , which allows us to date this to Assayer B's 1st or second tenure circa (1578-1581).
View Coin BOLIVIA early P B 8R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 8R (1574-86)P B PHILIP II BORDER OF RECTANGLES NGC VF 20 Early Bolivia, Assayer Juan Ballesteros Narvaez, Assayer B, border of rectangles. Commas in margin between letters denotes second period of Assayer B (1580-1581)
View Coin BOLIVIA early P B 8R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 8R (1574-86)P B PHILIP II BORDER OF RECTANGLES NGC VF 35 Bolivia 1574-1586 - Boarder of Squares (smaller rectangles KM 5.6), rarer varient from the standard round boarders. Assayer Juan Ballesteros Narvaez, Assayer B, Commas in margin between letters denotes second period of Assayer B (1580-1581)

View Coin BOLIVIA early P B 8R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 8R (1574-86)P B PHILIP II BORDER OF RECTANGLES NGC VF 20 Early Bolivia, Assayer B, border of rectangles. Commas in margin between letters denotes second period of Assayer B (1580-1581)
View Coin BOLIVIA P N/B 8R 1581-1589 Bolivia 8R (1574-86)P BOLIVIA KM-5.1 N/B NGC XF 40 8R (1574-86)P BOLIVIA KM-5.1 N/B ... Juan Ballesteros Narvaez, the primary Potosi assayer of those times (1577-1586 and 1589 -1615) had a brother who apparently substituted for him, just as assayers S, L and C stood in from time-to-time. The brother's name was Hernando and it is very probable that he used the Narvaez portion of the last name to distinguish his coinages from those of his brother. this would have been done circa 1581-1586, during Ballesteros 3rd term as assayer.
View Coin BOLIVIA early P B 8R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 8R (1574-86)P B PHILIP II NGC VF 20 Early Bolivia, Assayer B, Dots in margin between letters denotes third period of Assayer B (1581-1586)
View Coin BOLIVIA early P B 4R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 4R (1596-1605)P KM-9 NGC VF 35 Bolivia Assayer Juan Ballesteros Narvaez - Details would suggest this it his 4th period as Assayer (circa 1589 - 1592), with horse like lions on the reverse.
View Coin BOLIVIA early P A 8R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 8R (1586-89)P A PHILIP II NGC VF 20 Early Bolivia P-A , Juan Alvarez Reinaltes worked under Philip II, Assayer A, produced coins for only 3 years , circa 1586-1589
View Coin BOLIVIA Early P A 4R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 4R (1586-89)P A KM-0004.2 NGC VF Details Early Bolivia , under Philip II, Assayer A, produced coins for only 3 years , circa (1586)
View Coin BOLIVIA 1586-1589 P A 1R BOLIVIA - TO 1600 REAL (1586-89)P A KM-0002.2 NGC VF 25 Early Bolivia 1 Reales, Assayer P-A, circa 1586-1589. A scarce Assayer , even more so with small denomination coins.
View Coin BOLIVIA early P R,RL 8R (1593-1595) Bolivia 8R (1591-98)P R BOLIVIA KM-5.1 PHILIP II NGC PF 35 Early Bolivia (R,RL), Assayer Baltasar Ramos Leceta, small R alone, or in monogram with foot of 'L' attached to leg of 'R'. Additional research shows this Assayer working circa 1593-1595.
View Coin Mexico 4R 1609 oM/A MEXICO - TO 1823 4R 1609MO A NGC VF 30 Mexico 4R 1609 oM/A
View Coin BOLIVIA 1613/1617 P Q 8R BOLIVIA - COLONIAL 8R (1613-17)P Q PHILIP III NGC XF 40 8R (1613-17)P Q - Bolivia Mint - Assayer Agustin de La Quadra - circa 1613-1617. Acting as Assayer under Ballesteros while the office changed hands, This coin shows a better attention to the strike details than the majority of coinage made during this assayers 3 years tenure.
View Coin BOLIVIA 1616/1617 P M 8R Bolivia 8R ND(1616-7)M BOLIVIA NCS Genuine Bolivias mint started dating coins in 1617. This example is from the Atocha, sunk in 1622 west of Key West, Florida.
Arguably the most famous of all Spanish galleons salvaged in our time, the Atocha was the almiranta of the 1622 Fleet, which left Havana several weeks late and soon ran into a hurricane. Eight ships of the 28-ship fleet were lost, wrecked on the reefs between the Dry Tortugas and the Florida Keys or sunk in deeper water. Five people survived the sinking of the Atocha and were saved by another vessel, but the wreck itself was scattered after another hurricane hit the site exactly one month later, so the Spanish were never able to salvage what was one of the richest galleons ever to sail.
View Coin Bolivia 8R (1618) Bolivia REALES BOLIVIA 8 (1618)P RAL M06.003/05/2087.007 NGC SHIPWRECK EFFECT REALES BOLIVIA 8 (1618)P RAL... Sailing in haste from Lisbon, the São José was the Almiranta of a fleet on a King's mission. It was transporting royal treasure to Goa, the capital of Portugal's overseas empire. Traveling with the fleet was Francisco da Gama, the great grandson of legendary Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, en route to Goa, India, to reign as Viceroy. Attacked at sea by English and Dutch ships, they battled heroically for several days, but in the end, the São José and da Gama's royal treasure were lost off the Mozambique coast.

View Coin Mexico 8r 1620 Mexico REALES MEXICO 8 X620MO D M06.003/05/2085.113 NGC SHIPWRECK EFFECT Sailing in haste from Lisbon, the São José was the Almiranta of a fleet on a King's mission. It was transporting royal treasure to Goa, the capital of Portugal's overseas empire. Traveling with the fleet was Francisco da Gama, the great grandson of legendary Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, en route to Goa, India, to reign as Viceroy. Attacked at sea by English and Dutch ships, they battled heroically for several days, but in the end, the São José and da Gama's royal treasure were lost off the Mozambique coast.
View Coin BOLIVIA 8R 1621 BOLIVIA - COLONIAL 8R 1621P T (27g) NGC VF 25 8R 1621P T
View Coin Bolivia 1621 8R BOLIVIA - COLONIAL 8R 1621P T (26.85g) NGC FINE Details BOLIVIA 8R 1621 .. Condition suggest possible a coin that has been buried , as appose to most coins from that year which were recovered feom yhr Atocha (1622 fleet) shipwreck
View Coin Bolivia 1628P T 8R BOLIVIA - COLONIAL 8R 1628P T NGC VF 20 Bolivia - Assayer Juan Tapia worked on an off from 1618 - 1639, nice Dated example 1628P T
View Coin Bolivia 8R 1629 P T BOLIVIA - COLONIAL 8R 1629P T NGC VF 35 Bolivia 8 Reales 8R 1629P T... attributed to :
“Panama hoard,” lost ca. 1629 on the Camino Real trail in Panama.

In the early 1990s the numismatic market began to hear about a massive find (tens of thousands) of early Potosí cobs (practically all 8 and 4 reales) in fabulous condition—in fact, totally uncorroded but with telltale orange clay on what were otherwise Mint State (or nearly so) surfaces. Soon this hoard took on many different names as the stories emerged: “Camino Real Trail hoard,” “Panama hoard,” and, curiously, “Mule Train hoard” (based on a rumor that the hoard was lost when a mule that was carrying the treasure fell over a cliff). The only thing that we know for certain is that the latest date on the coins in the hoard was 1629, which is when we presume it was lost.

View Coin Bolivia 1630P T 8R BOLIVIA - COLONIAL 8R 1630P T (27.3g) NGC VF 25 Bolivia 8R 1630P T , scarce date
View Coin Bolivia 1634 8R BOLIVIA - COLONIAL 8R 1634P T (27.2g) NGC VF 20 BOLIVIA 1634 8R ..
View Coin Bolivia 1635 P T 8R Bolivia 8R 163X P T BOLIVIA (27.3g) NGC VF 20 Bolivia 8R 163X P T.. close inspection reads this as 1635
View Coin Bolivia 1645P T 8R BOLIVIA - COLONIAL 8R 1645P T (25.8g) NGC F 15 Bolivia - 8R 1645P T , rare date , before the scandal of 1651-52
View Coin Bolivia 7 1/2 (1651-1652) BOLIVIA - COLONIAL 7.5R (1651-52)P C/S CROWNED "L" PCGS XF 40 Bolivia 7.5R (1651-52)P O, the Potosi mint scandel of 1652 cost the Assayer his life when the coinage was under-weight and had to be re-evaluated to 7 1/2 reales
View Coin Bolivia 1651 8R Bolivia 8R (1651)P E BOLIVIA KM-19B NGC XF 40 8R (1651)P E BOLIVIA ..Capitana (Jesús María de la Limpia Concepción), sunk in 1654...
Obviously overloaded, technically the Capitana sank due to pilot error, which drove the ship onto the reefs south of the peninsula known as Punta Santa Elena, a geographic feature the pilot thought he had cleared. Twenty people died in the disaster. For eight years afterward, Spanish salvagers officially recovered over 3 million pesos of coins and bullion (with probably much more recovered off the record), leaving only an unreachable lower section for divers to find in our time. Ironically, the main salvager of the Capitana in the 1650s and early 1660s was none other than the ship’s silvermaster, Bernardo de Campos, whose fault it was that the ship was overloaded with contraband in the first place!
View Coin Bolivia 1651 8R Bolivia 8R (1651)P E BOLIVIA KM-19B NGC PF 30 Bolivia 1651 P-E, the Majority of All production from the years 1651-1652 were recalled by Mint officials and Counterstamped (re-evaluated) to 7 1/2 reales. This coin was not underweight (therefore Rare) and therefore not Counterstamped.
View Coin BOLIVIA 1652P E Bolivia 8R 1652P E BOLIVIA MARAVILLAS SHIPWRECK NGC VF 30 8R 1652P E BOLIVIA - MARAVILLAS SHIPWRECK of 1656. New coin design after the Early shields
View Coin Bolivia 1653P E 8R BOLIVIA - COLONIAL 8R 1653P E PH NGC XF 45 Bolivia 1653 - new style Pillar & Wave design
View Coin Mexico 8R 1653/2MO P MEXICO - TO 1823 8R 1653/2MO P NGC VF Details Mexico 8R 1653/2MO P - nice full date - possibly from the Maravillas Shipwreck
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