1622 Atocha Shipwreck 8 Reales Grade 1 Potosi Mint VF35 ICG


1622 Atocha Shipwreck 2 Reales

  • Date: 1622
  • Mint: Potosi
  • Assayer: P
  • Weight: 27.09 grams
  • Denomination: 8 Reales
  • Grade: 1
  • TSA No.: 85A-215089
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The Fascinating Story of the 1622 Atocha Shipwreck and Its Treasure

In the annals of maritime history, few shipwrecks capture the imagination quite like the 1622 Atocha. Laden with a wealth of treasure bound for Spain from the New World, the Nuestra Señora de Atocha met its untimely end in the treacherous waters of the Florida Keys. Among the treasures recovered from this legendary wreck are the highly coveted Atocha Shipwreck 8 Reales coins, particularly those minted in Potosi, bolstered by a Grade 1 designation and certified as VF35 by ICG.

The Historical Context

The Atocha was part of a fleet dispatched from South America, heavily laden with silver, gold, and other precious goods. These galleons were vital to the Spanish economy, bolstering the kingdom’s wealth and influence. On September 6, 1622, a hurricane caught the fleet off guard. The Atocha, along with several other ships, was driven onto the reefs and sank, taking its treasure and crew to a watery grave.

The Recovery Efforts

For centuries, treasure hunters were tantalized by the prospect of recovering the Atocha’s riches. It wasn’t until the late 20th century that Mel Fisher, an intrepid treasure hunter, discovered the wreck after a grueling search that spanned over sixteen years. The recovery effort brought to light a trove of historical artifacts, including a significant number of silver coins, known as Reales.

The 8 Reales Grade 1 Potosi Mint VF35

Among the recovered coins, the Atocha Shipwreck 8 Reales minted in Potosi holds special significance. These coins are not only a testament to the craftsmanship of the Potosi Mint but also to the perilous journey they undertook. The ‘8 Reales’ specifically refers to the denomination of the coin, the most famous being the ‘Piece of Eight.’

Grade and Certification

Coins from the Atocha shipwreck are graded on a scale, with ‘Grade 1’ indicating the finest quality among the salvaged pieces. The VF35 (Very Fine 35) certification by the Independent Coin Grading (ICG) further attests to the coin’s excellent condition, despite the centuries spent underwater. This grade is assigned to coins that retain considerable visual appeal and detail, making them highly prized among collectors.

The Allure for Collectors

The allure of owning a piece of history, especially one tied to such a dramatic event, attracts collectors and historians alike. Each Atocha 8 Reales coin tells a story of colonial ambition, maritime peril, and modern-day discovery. The certification and grading not only validate the coin’s authenticity but also preserve its legacy for future generations.

Features & Specs

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Coin Condition

Very Fine

Coin Grade


Frequently asked questions

You do not need to schedule an in-person buying consultation at Arnold Jewelers in Largo. Simply come in during our store hours, and our Numismatist, Gemologist, or Rolex specialist will take a look at your applicable items.

We Buy:

  • Rolex
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Once assessed, you will receive a written offer on the spot. Upon acceptance of the offer, you will receive payment immediately. We pay the most for gold, silver, coins, Rolex, and diamonds in the Tampa Bay Area.

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Whether you are mailing in your item or bringing it to us in person at our jewelry store in Largo, we guarantee your items will be safe and secure throughout the entire process.

Mail In Items:
We Buy Gold, Silver, Coins, Rolex, Trading Cards, Diamonds and more online.

  • Fill out the Online Mail-in form for Gold or Silver
  • Package up your goods and send them via mail! We will reimburse up to $15 of shipping costs
  • We will inspect your items, and you will receive a final offer.
  • Upon our offer, you will receive payment.
  • For our mail-in services, you can choose to have an immediate payment sent to you through PayPal, or we can send you a check.

We buy coins online! We are interested in the following:

  • Ancient & Medieval coins
  • World Coins circa 1500-1940’s (virtually any country)
    • British Sovereigns
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  • US & Foreign Tokens / Medals circa 1500-1930’s
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  • Shipwreck Coins/ Atochas
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  • Physical Bitcoin & Crypto currencies

Zack, our primary coin grader, will evaluate up to 10 coins for free to let you know if certifying them will increase their value or not. The additional fee for individual assessment is $5/coin.

Reasons to certify a coin:

  • Authenticity: Some coin types are incredibly scarce and just being certified makes them more valuable.
  • Condition Grade: If the coin attains a numerical grade it may affect the price.
  • Security: Certified coins are given serial numbers that can then be registered and insured for protection against theft or loss.
  • Value: Grading takes out the guesswork of a coin’s value letting you find a stricter range of value.

Reasons not to certify a coin:

  • Condition: If the surfaces have been damaged, cleaned, or altered in any way the coin is likely not worth certifying.
  • Color: Some coins are given fake toning to hide defects these colors appear unnatural and can devalue a coin.
  • Staining: Certain metals can be stained after reacting with various chemicals leaving them discolored.

Here we treat you the same as we would a coin dealer and offer incredible wholesale pricing the same pricing that a fellow coin dealer would be paying on the exact market. We will even show you this information at the time of sale from other coin buyers.

Not all silver bullion is created equal – many coin dealers will simply buy 1 oz of .999 fine silver for whatever the silver market may be. There are many both modern and vintage coins made for silver bullion that bring larger premiums beyond that.


Here at Arnold Jewelry & Coin, one or multiple of our coin buyers can make an appointment to come out to you and evaluate your collection. The initial cost for an evaluation is $60/hour and we can tell you individual values or pricing for the entire collection – if you end up selling the collection or part of the collection to our coin shop the hourly fee is waived. In addition to coins, we buy paper currency, cards, comics, antiques & other collector items.


Being an authorized coin dealer means we have direct accounts with PCGS & NGC – the top coin certifiers in the nation. Now than ever, it is more important to find a reputable coin dealer as with each year better and better counterfeits are being made and sold – lots of people end up getting taken advantage of trusting an unknown coin buyer. Counterfeit coins have led to a major increase in certified coin grading and authentication, beware of any coin shop you are unable to call directly or locate their direct physical location. Many false coin dealers or coin shops pop up online offering deals too good to seem true both graded and ungraded coins – if you feel this way it is likely the case. Be wary of these websites posing to be “coin dealers” look at the other items they are selling other than coins or check their google reviews/business information.

If you are looking for a coin shop to value your items simply send us a list or photos of your coins and we will get you an evaluation back to you quickly. Selling is easier than ever, once you send your photos and receive an estimate for your coins just ship your coins out priority or express mail with signature confirmation to our coin shop. As soon as we get the coins in we will check to verify they are as what we evaluated. Once approved we quickly send out a payment to you via check, wire, Zelle, Venmo, or PayPal. We hope to become your local or not-so-local coin dealer.


Most coin buyers do not pay up for foreign coins as there are so many types, varieties, and denominations. However, Zack, our primary coin buyer, specializes in foreign coins and has paid up to $10,000 for individual foreign pieces.

As a coin buyer, we pay the top dollar for your uncertified & certified coins. No collection is too big or too small we are a powerful coin buyer and have purchased collections for upwards of $250,000! Not only do we pay top dollar for your coins our coin shop also sells at incredible pricing. Whether it is a numismatic piece or a bullion item if you scour the internet for pricing you will likely find no other coin shop or coin dealer with better pricing than us. We try to be incredibly competitive and aggressive with our pricing. We are always looking for new inventory and the next hot items to add to our coin shop displays.

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