Superb 1740 4 Reale Pillar - Hollandia Voc Dutch East India Shipwreck 1743 For Sale
This is an unusually fine pillar dollar or piece of 4 dated 1740.This is quite rare as there were not many 4's , especially in this condition lifted from this wreck . It was recovered from the Dutch East India Ship HOLLANDIA which sunk on her maiden voyage on the Isles of Scilly England , in 1743 .Coins from this wreck are now becoming harder and harder to find on the market.It is 13gms weight 32 mm diameter..It comes complete with a detailed certificate personally signed by us the salvors ,in a presentation box and with a 1970's card showing coins from the wreck over a map of the Scillies.
On July 3, 1743, the Hollandia set sail on her maiden voyage from Texel in the Netherlands towards Batavia (Present day Indonesia). On board were 276 sailors and soldiers as well as a number of distinguished passengers. Under the command of Captain Jan Kelder, the ship toted 129,000 guilders in silver in the form of "pillar" dollars. There were also quite a number of 8 reale cobs and ducatons on board ! These were the property of the Captain, wealthy passengers and crew members .These were contraband as the owners intended to trade for themselves outside of the Company !!
The Hollandia had begun her trip by heading westward through the English Channel but through a disastrous navigational error headed west-northwest; dangerously close to the rocks of the Scilly Isles. Efforts to correct the mistake failed; the Hollandia struck Gunner rock on the night of July 13th.
Badly damaged but still afloat, the captain ordered one or more of the Hollandia's cannon guns be fired as a distress signal but the terrified islanders were unable to assist in the dark night and the periously rough sea conditions.
By morning nothing remained of the ship but floating debris; all 276 members aboard perished and the ship's precious cargo was lost.
In 1972 our professional team of divers and technicians located the Hollandia's remains which were scattered over a wide area of the sea-bed; a limited number of coins were recovered from the wreck one of which is presented here !
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Superb 1740 4 Reale Pillar - Hollandia Voc Dutch East India Shipwreck 1743: $163