1656 Maravillas Shipwreck
Shipwreck Coin recovered from the Maravillas Shipwreck off the coast of Grand Bahama Island circa 1656.
8 Reale Cob Coin
Measurements: 2.25" x 2.25"
Silver Coin set in Sterling Silver
Included is a certificate of authenticity from Daniel Sedwick.
As the Almiranta ("admiaral's ship," or rear guard) of the homebound Spanish fleet in January of 1656, the Nuestra Senora de Las Maravillas was officially filled with over five million pesos of treasure (and probably much more in contraband, as was usually the case). That treasure included much of the silver salvaged from the South Seas Fleet's Capitana of 1654 that wrecked on Chanduy Reef off Ecuador. The ill-fated treasure sank once again when the Maravillas unexpectedly ran into shallow water and was subsequently rammed by one of the other ships of its fleet, forcing the captain to try to ground the Maravillas on a nearby reef on Little Bahama Bank off Grand Bahama Island. In the ensuing chaos, exacerbated by strong winds, most of the 650 people on board the ship died in the night, and the wreckage was scattered. Spanish salvagers soon recovered almost half a million pesos of treasure quickly, followed by more recoveries over the next several decades, yet over half of the official cargo is still unfound.