Here are replica treasure coins that were on the shipwrecked Spanish Galleon, Nuestra Senora de Atocha, referred to today as the Atocha shipwreck. The enormous fortune onboard would be valued at over $400 million today. It consisted of gold, silver, coins, indigo, tobacco, emerald, pearls, and other priceless objects from the Orient.
Back in September 1622 the huge fleet was sailing out of Cuba back to Spanish mainland, the Atocha was overtaken by a hurricane, smashed into coral in the Marquesas Key in Florida keys and sunk. 260 died and 5 survived.
Over the years pirates traversed the routes to attack and plunder, or salvage treasures from other shipwrecks such as the Pines, Cabin, Anchor, Canon, Corrigan‘s, and Boiler wreck (source www.1715fleet.com). Think “Pirates of the Caribbean”, that is a true term. Some treasures were found but not the Atocha just yet.
Lost in the sea for over 360 years till 1975 (after 6 expensive years of hunting) Mel and his wife Deo Fisher discovered the shipwrecked site, and then 10 years later finally found the motherlode.
Mel has been known to say “Once you have seen the ocean bottom paved with gold coins, you’ll never forget it!”
Best I can determine from the documentation in literature one company provides is that our replica is a Greek cross of 1517-1652 Silver 8 Reale minted in Lima. Spanish coin designs were based on the original crusades cross, symbolizing the Spaniards union of church and state.
In one of the following slides is a picture of other websites that detail more history and other interesting facts. The best source of coins is the Atocha Treasure Company in Estero, FL <www.atocha1622.com>
Our replicas are casts and are available for purchase. Gold metal is brass, and silver metal is oxidized pewter. Each piece is handmade in sterling silver. DM if interested. Thanks for reading!
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