It has the upper half of the countermark as well (within shield). Comes with COA from salvagers!!! The La Capitana was the largest Galleon yet built for King Phillip IV, sunk on Oct.
26, 1654 after striking a submerged reef near Chanduy, Ecuador. It carried 216 Chests of Silver coins and 2,212 Silver BARS. The contraband carried on this vessel was over double the registered cargo. This piece was salvaged in 1996 / 1997.An incredible piece of History with a FULL DATE! On October 18, 1654, the 1200-ton La Capitana I Jesus Maria de la Limpia Conception weighed anchor in Callao, Lima's port city, and Captain de Sossa ordered a course set north for Panama.
Not counting the contraband, La Capita-no's cargo included 2212 silver bars, 216 chests of silver coins, and 22 crates of silver goblets, pitchers, trays, and candelabra. Dangerously overloaded with treasure and six-hundred passengers, La Capitana rode deep in the water, her keel was twenty-four feet below the surface.
It took the two ships a week to inch up the coast to the Bay of Guayaquil. At 11 o'clock on the night of October 26,1654, under a full moon, the bow look-out aboard La Capitana noticed land. The pilot ordered the cannon firedonce, and then againto alert the Almiranta's Captain Alonzo Montero following behind. He then ordered the sails tightened. La Capitana heeled slowly, turning laboriously across the wind and heaving toward the open sea.The heavy blows took their toll. The rudder broke free and the La Capitana was out of control. Amidst the chaos and confusion, sailors struggled to disentangle and anchor able.
The anchors tethered La Capitana perilously close to the reef. That night, the exhausted crew toiled ceaselessly at the pumps while all who could pitched in, bailing with jars or anything that lay close at hand.
As dawn broke on October 27, the situation grew even more dire. Rising water defied the pumps. Water in the lower hold rose nearly five feet and continued to rise.A ships officer later testified that he saw his captain nude in his cabin consuming the hallucinatory and addictive paraguas plant (a narcotic mushroom). Speaking to the court, the ships officer opined that de Sossa expected to die and had therefore decided to meet his maker in a state of euphoria (Shipwreck, by Dave Horner). At length, Captain de Sossa roused himself long enough to dispatch Don Francisco Tello in the gondola with orders to row the Almiranta and bring prompt help to unload the royal treasure. While they waited, sailors aboard La Capitana cut an opening through the deck and struggled to haul the heavy silver ingots up from the hold and stake them on deck, ready for rescue, But no boats came. As Don Francisco Tello Delivered this news, Catain de Sossa turned to see the Almiranta hoist her sailed and move off. This craven deed so infuriated La Capitanas crew that Captain de Sossa could barely retain them. Water gushing through planks in the damaged hull rose to fourteen palms and churned ominously in the holds. Treasure chests littered the deck, but there was no help in sight. It was then de Sossa ordered the mast cut to make rafts and so transport the silver to shore. The crew ignored orders to stay aboard. In desperation, crew and passengers leapt into the sea. Grasping planks, cables, masts, and even chicken boxes, they left their posts and pumps and made for shore. Twenty passangers jumped over the side and swam towards shore, their pockets stuff with gold, silver, and other valuables. Here, the crippled La Capitana came to ground in four and a half fathoms.
Before La Capitana sank out of sight, more rafts were hastinly thrown together to save as much rreasure as possible. Chopping through the deck, Captain de Sossa sought volunteers to dive into the hold and salvage what they could. For King Philip IV of Spain, the wreck of La Capitana was a crushing disaster.Spain, teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, required vast sums to pay for European Wars. The Treasure of La Capitana lay on the sea floor as surviors debated measures to retrieve at least a portion of the priceless cargo.
Every day for four months, divers brought in from Panama dove the waters off the small town of Chanduy. In all, they salvaged some 3,339,751 pesos a treasure larger than the 2212 silver bars noted on the ships manifest. But with time, changes swept over Europe. The sinking of La Capitana was the beginning of the end of Spain as a major power, and off Chanduy on the coast of Ecuador, currents shifted the sands.
Little by little, the silver coins, bronze cannonballs, and other booty that had not been salvaged when La Capitana went down disappeared, buried under layers of silt. Soon, even the location of La Capitana slipped out of memory.
The item "BOLIVIA POTOSI 1649 FULLY DATED 8 REALES CAPITANA SHIPWRECK PIRATE GOLD COINS" is in sale since Monday, April 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Europe\Spain". The seller is "pirategoldcoins" and is located in La Jolla, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.