Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

BAT5594 - 8 Reales (c.1620)


Silver 8 Reales

Coin Heritage

Province Mint Mexico

Soverign Issuer Unknown

Coin Type8 Reales

Country of OriginSpanish America

Date c.1620

Coin Details

Weight 19.04g

Composition Silver

Condition P

Date Found 1970

Museum Reference

Registration Number 5594

Map of shipwreck


Under commandeur Francisco Pelsaert, and Ariaen Jacobsz skipper, newly built Batavia sailed from Texel 27 October 1628 for the Dutch East Indies with bullion, goods and silver. On 4 June 1629 the ship struck a reef near Beacon Island in the Houtman Abrolhos. Of the 322 aboard 40 drowned and the rest got ashore. In search of water and food Jacobsz, Pelsaert and others left site in a 30...