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Recovered from the El Cazador, Sunk in 1784 off New Orleans, Louisiana
Minted in Mexico City, Mexico, Pillar 1 Reale, 1770, NGC Genuine
VF Details with Little or No Corrosion, Some Slight Toning, Visible Date and Assayer
Original Certificate from the Salvager is Included
Set in Sterling Silver
On January 11, 1784, El Cazador, a Spanish brigantine of war, sailed from the port of Vera Cruz, Mexico, for New Orleans. The ship, carrying 450,000 pesos of minted silver coins, disappeared into the winter seas- sinking without a trace. The vessel was sent by Carlos III, the King of Spain, in efforts to redeem the nearly worthless paper currency in circulation in Spanish-owned Louisiana. This would have solidified Spain’s North American holdings. Had it arrived, El Cazador’s treasure would have dramatically altered the destiny of the United States as we currently know it.