Atocha Fleet 4 Reales 1556-98 Potosi Silver Cob. ATOCHA FLEET POTOSI 4 REALES 1556-98 SILVER COB MEL FISHER PIRATE TREASURE COIN This piece was found in TREASURE CHEST #7 on July 20th (weighs 13.1gm) , 1985 by Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors on the 1622 Nuestra Señora de ATOCHA. It was assigned GRADE 1 by the Fishers (the highest Grade possible). This piece was Hand Struck by Assayer M Miguel Garcia during the Philip II.
This piece is V1 Coin was given to the largest Investor Vanguard Ventures, in fact, Fisher gave Vanguard the ENTIRE CHEST #7! Vanguard subsequently dispersed the Coins to their investors. There were ONLY 3 Coins ever found for this Rare Assayer and ONLY ONE (1) of these coins were assigned GRADE 1. This coin is referred to as V1, because it was THE very first coin dispersed to their individual investors!
The coin itself is really quite remarkable, the Cross side is complete, from the Cross to the Lions & Castles, even to the full Tressure, as well a majority of the Legends! Incredibly displaying the Full Crown and Shield with almost Complete Legends, just astonishing!!! Even the Denomination, Mint and Assayer are well struck! OUR LADY of ATOCHA, SANK IN 1622 OFF THE FLORIDA KEYS, HAVANA BOUND FOR SPAIN.
HER GALLEON FILLED WITH ALL TREASURE: GOLD, SILVER, COPPER, TOBACCO, GEMS, AND JEWELRY. SHE NEVER MADE IT OUT OF VERACRUZ TO HAVANA TO JOIN THE FLEET OF THE TIERRA FIRME (MAINLAND) FLEET. HER TREASURE WAS SO ENORMOUS THAT IT TOOK 2 MONTHS TO LOAD THE GALLEON FULL (IN THE SUMMER OF 1622 IN WHAT IS NOW PANAMA CITY).
SHE SET SAIL 6 WEEKS BEHIND SCHEDULE ON SEPTEMBER 4TH, 1622. ONLY TWO DAYS LATER ON THE 6TH, SHE WAS PUSHED ONTO THE CORAL REEFS BY A SEVERE HURRICANE APPROX. 35 MILES WEST OF KEY WEST.
ALL BUT 3 SAILORS AND TWO SLAVES DROWNED QUICKLY AS HER HULL WAS RIPPED APART BADLY. DUE TO THE GALLEONS SITTING IN 55 OF OCEAN AND YET A SECOND HURRICANE HITTING (FURTHER SCATTERING THE TREASURE) THE FOLLOWING MONTH, SALVAGE EFFORTS WERE SEVERLY HINDERED. WITH THE HELP OF INDIAN SLAVES, OVER A COURSE OF YEARS, ALMOST HALF THE TREASURE WAS RECOVERED FROM THE SANTA MARGARITA. THIS WAS MAINLY ACCOMPLISHED, CRUDELY ENOUGH, BY SENDING SLAVES DOWN IN A BRASS MAKESHIFT DIVING BELL (WITH A WINDOW ON THE SIDE).
MANY OF THESE EFFORTS ENDED IN DEATH FOR THE SLAVES. SPAINS SHIPWRECKED TREASURE CAUSED NOTHING SHORT OF DEVESTATION TO ITS FINANCES, WHICH WERE IN DIER NEED TO FUND THEIR 30 YEAR WAR. ALTHOUGH THE SPANISH RECOVERY EFFORTS WERE SOMEWHAT SUCCESSFUL OVER 10 YEARS, THEY NEVER DID FIND THE ATHOCHA!
FINALLY, AFTER 16.5 YEARS OF SEARCHING SHE WAS FINALLY DISCOVERED IN 1985 BY MEL FISHER (TREASURE SALVORS), PRODUCING HER GOLD AND RARE MUZO EMERALDS. MOST OF THE GOLD AND SILVER COINS WERE MINTED BETWEEN 1598 TO 1621 (THERE WERE ALSO EARLIER DATES, EVEN AS FAR BACK AS THE EARLY 1500S ON BOARD).TREASURE IS STILL BEING BROUGHT UP TO THIS DAY. Free Template Maker by ISDNtek. The item "ATOCHA FLEET POTOSI 4 REALES 1556-98 SILVER COB MEL FISHER PIRATE TREASURE COIN" is in sale since Thursday, April 5, 2018. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Europe\Spain". The seller is "pirategoldcoins" and is located in La Jolla, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.