The “Valencia Cross” in 14k Gold w/ 4 – 2.50 mm Rubies, 3 – 2.70 mm Diamonds


If this coin could only talk? The history of this coin is somewhat impressive. This coin was originally struck at the same time period when Mel Fisher’s  Atocha shipwreck coins were struck. Probable by the same craftsmen. From Peru, the coins were loaded into chest then loaded on ships bound for the Old World. Once in Spain,  the coins, at some point, were loaded onto another vessel bound for Asia. Mounted around the bezel are 3 – 2.70 mm Diamonds with the “Valencia Cross” with 4 – 2.50 Rubies.

What is a Valencia Cross?    A Valencia Cross is a hand Cross held by a priest or bishop. It is often made of precious metal and may be adorned with enamelwork, and precious or semi-precious gemstones. You must understand that Christianity was making its way through Spain long before Christopher Columbus.  The 14k Gold Cross encompasses an  NGC Graded 8 Reale that is from the Spice Islands Shipwreck c. 1630 (NGC # 6065270-171). The Spice Islands wreck was a mystery… whether it was actually a plate ship or merchant vessel is unclear. What is known is that when the ship became stuck and too damaged to continue on her voyage; the crew made the decision to light the ship on fire and scuttle her contents. The Spice Islands are a small group of islands NE of Indonesia. 

The 14k Gold Valencia Cross mounted on this Pendant is a fine example of the Christian movement and the many changes to Spain in the word of God.  This Shipwreck 8 Reale Silver Coin was from just one of the many sailings to secure trade thru the Asian Islands. It was a nautical myth, when Pirates raided ships containing a Cross, many Pirates were reluctant to handle such items because of the fear of God’s revenge cast upon the Pirates.

This Spice Island Coin was hand removed from the NGC holder pictured. You will receive the NGC holder it was removed from and Certificate of Authenticity with the coin. This is the actual coin and bezel you will receive.

  • Chain bale Size is 4.28 mm max.
  • Denomination: 8 Reale
  • Grade “GENUINE”
  • Mint: Potosi, Upper Peru – Present Day Bolivia
  • Ruler: King Philip IV of Spain
  • Coin Metal: Silver
  • Bezel Metal: 14k Gold
  • Obverse (Front): The Spanish Cross
  • Reverse: (Back): The Shield of King Philip IV of Spain
  • Four 2.50 mm Rubies
  • Three 2.70 mm Diamonds
  • Assayer NV
  • NGC Coin Number: 6065270-171


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