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El Cazador 3pc 90% Silver Pillar-Design Shipwreck Set

El Cazador 3-piece Reales 90% Silver Pillar-Design Shipwreck Coin Set

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Overview & Details

El Cazador 3-piece Reales 90% Silver Pillar-Design Shipwreck Coin Set
Seize some shipwreck booty for your collection. This set of 90% silver coins were once part of a lost shipment from Mexico, but have now been recovered and made available to collectors. These unique coins are more than 200 years old and come with certificates of authenticity from NGC, a third-party grading company. Best of all, they make an awesome conversation starter — rescued from the Gulf of Mexico to become part of your personal collection.

What You Get

  • El Cazador 2 Reales Pillar-Design silver coin
  • El Cazador 1 Real Pillar-Design silver coin
  • El Cazador 1/2 Real Pillar-Design silver coin 
  • Wooden display box 
  • Certificate of authenticity/story card

Good to Know
  • All coin items considered for return must be in their original condition as sold. Seals and cases contribute to the value of the coin and currency collectibles and must remain intact and unbroken. This applies but is not limited to: grading cases, Mint and Proof cases and packages, bag seals, original government sealed packaging and/or any other special packaging or containers.

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The Key Specs

Coin Grade/Condition: NGC Genuine by NGC
Mint Mark: Minted in Mexico; packaged in China
Packaging: Encapsulated in NGC slab

Coin 1

Obverse: Shield Design
Reverse: Pillar Design, along with the date and mint mark
Composition: 90% silver content
Diameter: 2 Reales - Approx. 27.5mm (1.08") 1 Real - Approx. 20mm (0.79") 1/2 Real - Approx. 17mm (0.67)
Weight: Approx. 6.5 grams (0.23oz.) 1 Real - Approx. 2.4 grams (0.08 oz.) 1/2 Real - Approx. 1.5 grams (0.05 oz.)

The Basics - Box

Measurements: Approx. 4-5/8"L x 10-1/2"W x 1-1/2"H


Historic silver coin
  • At the end of the American Revolution, Spain, the largest colonial power in the New World, held almost half of what is currently the United States
  • To concentrate his power, King Charles III of Spain ordered an infusion of hard currency into the local economy
  • On January 11, 1784, the Spanish Brig of War El Cazador set sail from Veracruz, Mexico for the port of New Orleans with a cargo of 90% silver coins, mostly 8 Reales (8R) but also denominations of 1/2R, 1R, 2R and 4R
  • Had the El Cazador made it to New Orleans, the history of the United States may have been radically different; but the ship never arrived
  • This huge loss forced King Charles to sell most of Spain's territory to France, which then sold the territory to the US as the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the size of the United States
  • In 1993, fishermen aboard the humble trawler Mistake snagged their nets on some debris on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico and were shocked to find silver coins in the nets; they'd found the El Cazador! 

Pillar design
  • Minted between 1732 and 1772, Pillars are the rarest coins recovered from El Cazador

Genuine Spanish currency
  • Used as legal tender in the United States until 1857

Certified NGC Genuine
  • Certified as a genuine shipwreck recovery coin from the El Cazador by a third-party coin-grading company

Encapsulated in a sealed plastic slab
  • Protect the coin's condition while letting you safely display it


El Cazador 3-piece Reales 90% Silver Pillar-Design Shipwreck Coin Set

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