This Spanish Cob Type Piece of Eight is from a pirate attack on the Consolacion Shipwreck of 1681. This Silver Dated 16"75" One Reale Coin is set in a 14K gold Bezel, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The Story of the “Treasure of the Consolacion 1681”. In April of 1681, a fleet of Spanish treasure galleons were to leave the port of Lima, Peru, with the last few years of minted gold and silver coins from Potosi mints. The Santa Maria De la Consolacion was delayed in Chili, forcing the rest of the fleet to leave the port, and leaving the Consolacion to finish the journey to Panama alone.
Upon leaving Peru with the Consolacions new cargo of treasure alone, the ship was sighted by pirates, and the Captain decided to ground the ship. Tragically, the ship struck a reef off the island of Santa Clara within the bay of Guayaquil, Ecuador, which was nicknamed by the Spanish, “Isla de Muerto” ( Island of the Dead ). The galleon was soon evacuated and set on fire to prevent any pillaging. Neither pirates, nor returning Spaniards were able to recover all of the sunken treasure.