Beautiful 1738 8 Reales Pillar ROOSWIJK shipwreck 1739

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  • Item Category: Transportation and Vehicles
  • Source: eBay UK
  • Sold Date: Oct 05, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

This is a lovely 1738 pillar Dollar and is 38mm diameter and weighs in a 26.gms It is in superb condition with all features fine and sharp on the front . There is a bit of corrosion on the reverse but all features are plain to see It is a Mexico City mint solid silver 8 reales It comes complete with a fine detailed certificate of authenticity and in a presentation box .

ROOSWIJK- Dutch East Indiaman

Holland gets its sunken treasure back

The silver had been on a Dutch East India Co. ship that vanished in a storm in the English Channel in 1739.

Although wreckage was found at the time on Britain's south coast, nobody knew precisely where it had sunk. The disaster meant that the Dutch East India Co. lost around 250 crew and soldiers, and a large silver treasure, which was on the way to the East Indies to be converted into local coinage.

Despite the disappearance of the ship, the Rooswijk, the lost vessel and its treasure remained the property of the Dutch East India Co. When the company was taken over by the Dutch government in 1798, the Netherlands became the legal owners of the vanished bullion.

In 2005 a British sports diver, Cambridgeshire carpenter Ken Welling, found the wreckage. The Dutch Government was contacted, and the discovery was kept secret’, when Holland's Finance Minister,
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