Discussion in 'World Coins' started by Will O'Neil, Aug 23, 2019.
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Weight: 26.8 g
Diameter: 29.5 mm
Possibly recovered from the 1715 Plate Fleet Shipwreck.
I hate to say it, but the weight being half what it should be tells you all you need to know. That, and the green tint. Mine looks like this. 26.8 Grams
It's the kind of token one might find in a souvenir shop in, oh, say, Vero Beach, Florida. From Wikipedia:
The 1715 Treasure Fleet was a Spanish treasure fleet returning from the New World to Spain. At two in the morning on Wednesday, July 31, 1715, seven days after departing from Havana, Cuba, eleven of the twelve ships of this fleet were lost in a hurricane near present-day Vero Beach, Florida.
- actually it does. But only under certain circumstances, and it only occurs in salt water.
On shipwrecks, when silver coins become exposed to the salt water and encrustation takes place, in other words coral grows on the coin, or silver artifact, that coral takes on a black color. When the same thing happens to gold coins, or gold artifacts, the coral takes on a green color. So when a diver is working a wreck and finds blackish colored coral, he gets a bit excited because there just might be silver inside that coral. And if he finds greenish colored coral he gets even more excited because there just might be gold inside it !
I said might above because sometimes other metals, but not precious metals, can cause coral to take on the same colors of green or black. So ya never know for sure what ya got until ya clean it up. But yeah, gold and green do go together under the right circumstances.
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