El Cazador Half-Reale Coin…
The Wreck that Changed the World
In 1784, the economy in Spain’s Louisiana colony was faltering due to paper money that was not backed by silver or gold. Carlos III, King of Spain, decided to replace the worthless currency with valuable Spanish silver coins, so the Spanish warship El Cazador was loaded with a treasure trove of Spanish coins and set sail bound for New Orleans. But it never made it! The ship encountered a violent storm just 50 miles from its destination and sank. Spain never recovered its losses, and eventually gave the territory to France in 1800. Three years later, the French sold it to the United States. That was the Louisiana Purchase! It’s easy to see how the sinking of the El Cazador shaped the history of the United States and the World. These historic coins lay at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico for over 200 years until 1993, when a fisherman snagged his nets on something solid, maybe rocks? When he brought up his nets it was not rocks that fell from his nets onto the deck... it was dozens of silver coins from the El Cazador. Now you have a chance to own one of these historic coins, authenticated and slabbed by NGC. Each is a genuine pillar half-reale coin from the wreck and comes with full color story card.