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February 9, 2011

El Cazador – The Shipwreck That Changed The World

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The Age of Exploration…Simply to utter the phrase is to summon images of majestic ships in full sail, laden with riches and captained by brave souls, ever-alert for signs of plundering pirates. These are the forces that shaped the New World during the Era of Discovery. But historians agree that perhaps the greatest infl uence of all did not come sailing over the waves. Instead, it was a ship lost to the briny deep that paved the way for the growth of our own fledgling nation. That ship was the El Cazador, “The Hunter,” a Spanish Brig of War loaded with a vast treasury of freshly-minted silver and bound for the New World. We may never know what mysterious force sank her. But it is certain that her lost treasure holds the key to the birth of the nation we know today. Every coin tells a story…but perhaps no coin in history tells a more riveting tale than the coins of El Cazador, “the shipwreck that changed the world.” Visit to learn more!

The American Association of Young Numismatists (AAYN) is an association dedicated to educating and impassioning young people about the hobby of coin collecting. We hope our videos help spark your interest in numismatics. This video discusses a large clump of Eight Reals coins from the El Cazador Shipwreck.
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  1. bought one for an x-mas gift from joelscoins. I’ll be getting another for my self next.

    Comment by Quusboy — February 9, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

  2. I just bought a Grade 1 coin down in key west, it’s absolutely beautiful…from a private collector not this franklin mint thing,

    Comment by msuziemahoney — February 9, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

  3. Ah, historical infomercials.


    Comment by GoodwoodAlpha — February 9, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

  4. Don’t buy these, they’re a complete rip off. I bought 2 cleaned 8 Reales and one 4 reales for 20 bucks each, and three four coin “clumps” for 15 bucks a coin. That’s what they’re worth. The only thing I didn’t get is their “deluxe display cabinet”.

    Comment by ted750 — February 9, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

  5. i also have one of these coins it’s really cool to look at.

    Comment by hooge117 — February 9, 2011 @ 5:32 pm

  6. I bought one of these and it is pretty cool knowing the history!

    Comment by Numismatist100 — February 9, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

  7. A most interesting video. Many thanks for posting it. Have you any more like this?

    Comment by 3XXKeturah — February 9, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

  8. the majority of the value in this piece is the historical context. The coins themselves exhibit salt-water corrosion, so they are not highly collectible from a condition point of view.

    Comment by AAYNumismatists — February 9, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

  9. Is the value in the historical context (i.e. Cazador shipwreck) – or is there more value in breaking it up for the coins?

    Comment by 61pickgun — February 9, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

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