This Spanish coinwas found in the remains of an old iron bound chest among the remains of a ship that was sunk in 1692 along the old shoreline ofthe sunken port of Port Royal harbor.
The town was destroyed by an earth quake on June 7, 1692 when much of the old port area of the city was submerged.
It is a very large (1 1/8”) Spanish coin with NAoCAX showing on one side & ELISABE on the other side, the letters faint but readablefrom sitting on the bottom of the sea for all those years. It was only cleaned by the Port Royal Museum without using any harsh chemicals
This listing is for the coin on the left in the picture not for both It was on display in the Port Royal Museum for many years until the museum closed down & its collection sold off the pay debts!
There have not been any artifacts from this area for many years because the whole bay can no longer by dived in as the water is not fit for diving, swimming or boating as the sewage from Kingston is released directly into the bay!
Artifacts from Port Royal are now considered very rare & are seldom seen any more at antique shows!