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This Spanish silver 1/2 real coin, hailing from the era of King Charles III who ruled from 1759 to 1788, bears testimony to a maritime mystery that remained unsolved for over two centuries. Salvaged from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico, the coin was aboard the ill-fated Spanish brigantine, El Cazador, when it vanished without a trace in 1784.
The coin exhibits heavy damage from centuries of exposure to salt water. Many of the coins recovered from El Cazador were so heavily corroded that they fused together, and had to be painstakingly separated and cleaned.
Tasked with the crucial mission of transporting much-needed silver to Louisiana, El Cazador's successful voyage was anticipated to rejuvenate the faltering economy of the Spanish-controlled territory. The colony had been on the brink of economic collapse due to the devaluation of paper money. The arrival of silver coinage was intended to stabilize the region's economy. However, fate took a different course, and El Cazador never reached its destination.
The sinking of El Cazador and its precious cargo remained an enigma until 1993 when a fishing trawler accidentally discovered the shipwreck near the coast of Louisiana. The revelation had historians speculating how the economic trajectory of the region, and perhaps even the United States, might have changed had the silver reached its intended destination.
Coins recovered from the El Cazador shipwreck bear the emblematic pillars of Hercules with the draped globe and banner, which is an emblem representing Spain's claim to the New World. On the reverse, the coat of arms of Spain details the rich heraldic tradition of a once-mighty empire. Each 1/2 real coin, made of lustrous silver, provides a tangible link to a bygone age of exploration, imperial ambition, and unexpected shipwrecks.
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