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1622 Atocha Shipwreck

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SKU: 11131

Info: 1.25"


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Recovered from the Atocha shipwreck, this silver 4 reale coin was minted in Potosi, Bolivia during the reign of Philip III. Rated a grade-2 in quality, this coin exhibits light to moderate corrosion and has good crosses and shields. Include is a certified Fisher certificate.

Arguably the most famous of all Spanish galleons salvaged in our time, the Atocha was the admiral ship of the 1622 Fleet, which left Havana several weeks late and ran afoul of a hurricane. Eight of the 28-ship fleet were lost, wrecked on the reefs between the Dry Tortugas and the Florida Keys or sunk in deeper water. Five people survived the sinking of the Atocha and were rescued by another vessel, but the wreck itself was scattered after another hurricane hit the site exactly one month later. The Spanish were never able to salvage what was one of the riches galleons ever to sail. The cargo of the Atocha did not see light again until 1971, when the first coins were found by the now-famous salvager Mel Fisher and his divers, who recovered the bulk of the treasure in 1985 and thereby unleashed the largest supply of silver cobs and ingots the market has ever seen. Well over 100,000 shield-type cobs were found in all denominations above the half reale, the great majority of them from Potosi, as were also the approximately 1,000 silver ingots (most the size of bread loaves). A handful of gold 1- and 2-escudos cobs were also recovered, mostly from Mainland Spanish mints, but also a few from Colombia, officially the first gold coins ever struck in the New World. The Atocha was also the source for most or all of the first silver cobs struck in Colombia, as well as a few early coins from Mexico, Lima, Spain, and even Panama. Even more significant were the many gold ingots, jewelry items, emeralds, and other artifacts.


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Authentic ancient and shipwreck coins, complete with certificates of authenticity. Ancient coin selection is primarily from the ancient Greek and ancient Roman Empire. Shipwreck coins come from a variety of shipwrecks- predominantly Spanish shipwrecks along the Florida coast.