Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins
Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins
Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins
Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins
Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins
Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins
Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins
Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins
Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins
Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins
Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins

Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17lbs Ingot Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Pirate Gold Coins

Regular price
$19,950.00
Sale price
$19,950.00

Atocha 1622 Silver Bar 17.5lbs Ingot

Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors COA & DATA BASE (attached to above pics)

ATOCHA 1622 SILVER BAR 17.5 LBS. (280oz) INGOT MEL FISHER TREASURE SALVORS COA PIRATE WOW!!! This 17.5lb ATOCHA SILVER BAR INGOT is 35.1 x 12.7 x 8cm (now just under cm thick) or  (approx. 14” x 5” x 5/8”), HUGE BAR! Class Factor .80; Carat 2380, TSI #85A-S472 (1985 Atocha); listed on Manifest 2893 (Register / Page C503vo). Manifest comments: ORTENZIO PARAVEZIN / SOTARIPA.  See the COA, which reflects this Atocha Bar was 78lbs 4.80oz, which was then cut or shaved down to just the upper layer (which remains at approx. 8cm or 5/8” thick), retaining ALL the original and Historical Markings (Stamps, serial #’s, Owner’s and Shippers).   Remember in 1985 when Mel Fisher located the Mother Load of the Nuestra Señora De Atocha, it was the Silver BARS that confimed the Ship by comparing the Serial #’s to the Manifest in the ARCHIVES of the INDIES in Seville SPAIN! This particular piece has the HIGHEST Purity (2380 or 2400 kt.) as marked right on the bar (MMCCCLXXX) and high Class factor .80. The markings are very nice and clear as is the Assayer’s scoop. What’s really nice about this BAR is that it clearly displays the ROYAL tax Stamp, reflects the King’s 20% had been paid.  NOTE: In the Lower left hand corner the engraved CROSS marking, as well as the upper Left corner you can vaguely see the other Shipper’s / Owner’s markings (asterisk in shape).  What’s particularly nice about this piece is that it has the FULL SIZE (14” x 5”) without weighing over 80lbs, which is difficult to handle, carry or lift (increasing the desirability of this Rarely seen weight).  This beautiful ATOCHA SHIPWRECK BAR is such a beautiful piece of History and we are honored to offer it on the Open Market!!

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“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.  

AUTHORITIES IN SPAIN DISPATCHED FIVE MORE SHIPS AFTER RECEIVING THE NEWS FROM OTHER SURVIVING SHIPS IN EFFORTS TO SALVAGE BOTH THE ATOCHA AND HER SISTER SHIP THE “SANTA MARGARITA,” WHICH HAD ALSO RUN AGROUND NEAR THE ATOCHA.   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.  

SPAIN’S SHIPWRECKED TREASURE CAUSED NOTHING SHORT OF DEVESTATION TO IT’S FINANCES, WHICH WERE IN DIER NEED TO FUND THEIR 30 YEAR WAR. THIS FORCED THEM TO BORROW MONEY AND SELL OFF GALLEONS TO RAISE THE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS.  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 1500’S ON BOARD).   TREASURE IS STILL BEING BROUGHT UP TO THIS DAY.  RECENTLY, IN JUNE 2011 AN EMERALD AND GOLD RING WAS BROUGHT UP BY TREASURE DIVERS FROM MEL FISHER’S CREW THAT WAS VALUED AT OVER $500,000 (35 MILES FROM KEY WEST).

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