Low Grade Spanish Silver Cob From The Wreck Of The Princess Louisa!
The three masted Princess Louisa was one of the largest ships in the British Fleet and even with two decks below she was still very graceful and fast.
In March 1743 the ship set out for her 4th voyage to the far east in hopes of trading the 20 chests of silver Spanish coins she carried for exotic silks and spices.
On April 18th, 1743 she struck a reef off the Isle of May in the Cape Verde Island chain and sank. Despite the rescue efforts of the nearby ship "Winchester" the accident claimed the lives of captain John Pinson and his crew of over 100.
An effort to salvage the shipwreck in 1744 was unsuccessful as were numerous later attempts.
Her treasure lie undiscovered for over 250 years until a 1999 salvage expedition was finally successful.
These hand struck silver cob coins (mostly 2 reale) are from the 1999 salvage.
The coins offered here are low grade or fragments and are generally collected for their significance as treasure, rather than numismatic beauty.
Includes Certificate Of Authenticity