Silver 1622 Atocha Coin Replica
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This 8 Reale coin replica was crafted with Silver that was recovered from the Atocha shipwreck.The Atocha was a Spanish treasure ship that sank in 1622, just two days after leaving port. Down with the ship went a fortune in silver and gold bars, emeralds, personal jewelry, along with hundreds of thousands of treasure coins.Spain searched for its ship for 70 years before finally giving up.Not until 1985 was the treasure of the Atocha rediscovered by Mel Fisher and his dedicated team.The find did not come easily -- it was at the expense of 16 years of planning, almost $10 million dollars in equipment, and the lives of three divers.