Gold Layered Metal Souvenir Spanish Galleon Shipwreck Coin 12 Gm 1-1/8 Inch


Gold Layered Metal Souvenir Spanish Galleon Shipwreck Coin 12 Gm 1-1/8 Inch

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Gold Layered Metal Souvenir Spanish Galleon Shipwreck Coin Atocha 1622 12gms 1-1/8 Inch Free Shipping

I purchased this coin a number of years ago. It is heavy base metal with layered (plated?) gold, so the coin did not seem to tarnish after a number of years. It is a souvenir of the coin types that were found by Mel Fisher in 1985 when after years of search he finally located the shipwreck of the Atocha that sunk in 1622. Mel Fisher's story is one that they should teach in school. A brave undaunted man that risked everything to find a shipwreck that was lost for over 300 years.

Nuestra Señora de Atocha("Our Lady of Atocha") was the most famous of a fleet ofSpanishships that sank in 1622 off theFlorida Keyswhile carrying copper, silver, gold, Tobacco, gems, jewels and indigo from Spanish ports atCartagenaandPorto BelloinNew respectively) andHavana, bound for Spain. The ship was named for the parish of Atocha inMadrid.. American treasure hunterMel Fisherand a team of sub-contractors, funded by investors and others in ajoint venture, searched thesea bedfor theAtochafor sixteen and a half years. Fisher had earlier, in 1980, recovered portions of the wreckedcargoof the sister shipSanta Margarita. He also proposed the idea to several other potential helpers, who were discouraged by the fact that this dangerous professional diving job was at minimum wage unless the ship could be found. TheAtochawreck and its mother lode was finally discovered in July 1985. It was Mel's son, Kane, who radioed the news to Treasure Salvors headquarters on the Florida coast, from the salvage boatDauntless.[3]It is understood by experts that thesterncastle, the part of the ship that would hold most of the gold and rareMuzoemeralds, is still missing from the shipwreck. These and other valuable items would have been stored in the Captain's cabin for safekeeping in the rear part of theAtocha.

The salvaged coins, both gold and silver, were minted primarily between 1598 and 1621, although numerous earlier dates were represented too, some of the dates extending well back into the 16th century. Many of the dates and types of the period had been either rare or unknown prior to the salvage of the wreck.

After the discovery, the State ofFloridaclaimed title to the wreck and forced Fisher into a contract giving 25% of the found treasure to the state. Fisher fought the State of Florida, claiming the find should be his, exclusively. After eight years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Fisher, on 1 July 1992 and he was awarded rights to all found treasure from the vessel.[4][5]Fisher died on 19 December 1998.

In June 2011, treasure divers from Mel Fisher's Treasure found an antique emerald ring believed to be from the wreck of the Spanish ship. It is said that the ring is worth an estimated $500,000. The ring was found 35 miles fromKey West, along with two silver spoons and other artifacts.-courtesy of Wikipedia.org

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