Description:This is a genuine silver luigino coin recovered from the “Gela Shipwreck” which occurred 12 miles east of Gela, Sicily in 1667. This merchantman ship was sailing through the Mediterranean Sea from Spain. The ship had stopped in Northern Italy before sailing towards the Arab lands of the Near East, when it met its unlucky fate and sank off of the south coast of Sicily, Italy. Much of this silver treasure that was recovered were Spanish cob coins, along with Italian silver luiginos.
This 1667 silver luigino was minted in Fosdinovo, a Lordship and great castle near Florence which is still owned by the Malaspina family. The obverse features a very baroque bust of Maria Maddalena Centurioni Malaspina and on the reverse is a crowned coat of arms. With its 12th century walls still intact, Fosdinovo Castle is crowning a hill 550 meters high and still dominates a great part of the Thyrrenian coastline. During the Middle Ages, its position was ideal to maintain control of the Apennines outlet to the sea and the Lunigiana region, with its roads and mountain pass linking the Thyrrenian coast to Northern Italy.