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1742 Spain Mexico Silver Pillar Dollar Piece Of Eight From 1743 Hollandia Shipwreck With W H Lane Catalogue

1742 Silver Spanish Pillar Dollar Piece Of Eight From 1743 Hollandia Shipwreck With W H Lane Catalogue Reverse

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A Mexican silver Pillar Dollar, sunk with the Hollandia, a ship of the Dutch East India Company, on the night of 13 July 1743. During her maiden voyage from Texel in the Netherlands to Batavia (Indonesia) she struck Gunner Rock near Annet in the Scilly Isles. All 276 crewmen and 30 passengers died died in the sinking. The wreck of the Hollandia was located by a London attorney named Rex Cowan in 1971. Over the subsequent years some 35,000 silver coins as well as numerous other artefacts have been recovered from the remains of the ship which are still scattered across the sea bed. A significant portion of the recovered coins and artefacts were sold via auction by W H Lane & Son of Penzance, Cornwall, on 21 September 1973. The original softbound catalogue for this sale is included, complementing a historic silver Spanish Dollar - better known as a ‘Piece of Eight’. Dated 1742, a year before the wreck, this eight Reale coin is called a ‘Pillar Dollar’ because of the distinctive reverse which shows the two hemispheres between the pillars of Hercules. A crowned shield of royal arms appears to the obverse. Numerous 1742 Pillar 8 Reale coins are listed in the W H Lane catalogue in a range of grades. This example is not accompanied by a certificate of authenticity but bears the mark of the tides. A truly fascinating piece.
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Crowned shield of arms with initials to either side and Latin legend around that reads ‘PHILIP · V · D · G · HISPAN · ET  IND · REX’.


Crowned pillars of Hercules either side of crowned double hemispheres. Legend above reads: ‘VTRAQUE VNUM’ with the date below: 1742.


Mexican Silver 8 Reales Pillar Dollar coin. Weight: 24.60 grams. Diameter: 37 millimetres (approximately). Composition: above 90% fineness.


Offered with original W. H. Lane & Son catalogue for 21 September 1973 auction titled: ‘The Hollandia Treasure: Sale of coin and artefacts from the wreck of the ‘Hollandia.’ Catalogue is in good condition with one loose page. The coin itself is supplied in protective packaging.


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