Eight Reale Pendant from Shipwreck of Santa Maria de la Consolacion

Asking Price: $775.00

This beautiful, custom pendant is hand crafted by a jeweler and treasure hunter with a dedication to quality and durability. The coin is an authentic eight reale, from the shipwreck of the Santa Maria de la Consolacion, mounted in a 14k gold bezel.

Piece is located in Sebastian, Florida.
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“In April 1681 three large galleons left Callao, the port of Lima, Peru, for Panama with the gold and silver which would be transferred overland to the Galleons in Porto Bello for shipment to Spain. They had been delayed over a month in Callao waiting for another smaller galleon named Santa Maria de la Consolacion. This ship was held up because of the late arrival of the silver bullion and specie from the Potosi mines. By the time it arrived in Callao, the Armada del Mar del Sur (name of the fleet which carried the treasure between Peru and Panama) had already left. The Viceroy of Peru ordered the Galleon to sail alone, ignoring advice from his royal officials who feared the Galleon would be in danger from pirates lately reported in those waters. Her manifest had her carrying 146,000 pesos in silver coins along with 800 silver bars and gold ingots valued at 34,000 pesos.

The Consolacion had been built three years before in the shipyards at Guayaquil and it was rather ironic that her end would happen very close to this area. She was of 440 tons with 26 iron and bronze cannons and a crew of 147 men – both officers and seamen. Her captain was Juan de Lerma and her owner was Francisco de Valles. She had an uneventful voyage until she was near the entrance of the Gulf of Guayaquil, when the lookout spotted six larger pirate vessels (Spanish version) commanded by Captain Bartholomew Sharpe bearing down on them. English sources all claim Sharpe only had two small vessels. Captain Lerma first altered course and attempted to reach safety in Guayaquil. But finding that the “DEVIL PIRATES” were gaining on his ship struck upon a reef or some rocks and began to sink. After striking the bottom the officers, passengers and crew quickly entered various small boats and after setting fire to the Galleon to prevent the capture of the treasure, headed for the nearby rocky island. Sharpe’s men were in hot pursuit, especially angry because the Spaniards had set the ship on fire, and managed to capture many of the crew and passengers. They became even more furious when they learned of the Galleon’s cargo and what they had missed seizing. After beheading the prisoners they tarried about in the area for several days and forced several indigenous fisherman to try and recover some treasure. It was all in vain as they only were able to pull up some sails and rigging. The pirates finally gave up.

Some months later the Spanish colonial authorities attempted a salvage operation. First they used divers from the pearl beds off Panama, but due to nil visibility they were unable to find anything, and after one of the divers was devoured by a large shark, this method of recovery was abandoned. They then tried dragging fish nets but nothing of note could be found. Historical records also refer to “the one who came from old Spain to recover the treasure but soon died and the work was left undone.” The site of the shipwreck was then abandoned and lay forgotten for 320 years until modern searchers discovered it in 1998.” This historical data was obtained from archives in Seville, Madrid, Lima and London by Marine Historian, Robert F. Marx.

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