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Atocha Shipwreck Grade III Coin Pendant Circa 1621

Atocha Shipwreck Grade III Coin Pendant Circa 1621


As a military escort, the Atocha carried an entire company of 82 infantrymen to defend the vessel from attack and possible enemy boarding. For this reason, she was the ship of choice for wealthy passengers and carried an extraordinarily large percentage of the fleet's treasure. Unfortunately, firepower could not save her from the forces of nature. In a sudden storm, the Neustra Senora de Atocha, sank September 4, 1622, off the coast of Key West, Florida. The Atocha was discovered in 1985 by the famed treasure salvor, Mel Fisher of Key West. Maybe rivaled only by the opening of King Tut’s tomb, the Atocha was estimated to have close to a billion dollars in sunken treasure. Over 350,000 silver cob coins, such as this one, were tallied, along with numerous gold and priceless artifacts, thousands of rough emeralds and hundreds of 70 pound silver bars, used as ballast in her hull. G-III, 2 Reales, Framing: 14K.

Chain not included.

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