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Atocha Shipwreck Coins

The Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, struck a reef and sank on September 6, 1622, during a raging hurricane near the Florida Keys.  Mel Fisher and his company Treasure Salvors, Inc., discovered the main wreck site on July 20, 1985 and ultimately recovered over 160,000 silver Spanish colonial coins.  The Atocha has the distinction of being the richest Spanish treasure galleon recovered to date.

Certificates of Authenticity accompany all Atocha Shipwreck treasure coins.  View a typical original Atocha certificate of authenticity.

Display your Atocha coin and Certificate of Authenticity in our multiple sleeved display folder found on our "Atocha Treasure Coins" website.

For more Atocha coins visit www.atochatreasurecoins.com or to learn more about the Atocha go to the History of the Atocha page.

 


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Atocha Grade 1
Item#:  13044 (85A-236843)
Denomination:  2 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  B
Weight:  6.4 grams
Diameter:  1.1 inches

Price:  $2595.00  BUY ITEM

 

Grade 1+ - Excellent full cross with all lions and castles visible and with the lions of the style (blunt nosed) of assayer M, a very  early assayer at the Potosi mint.  Equally beautiful full shield with visible mint and assayer marks P and B at left and with the B struck over another assayer mark (possibly L).  The Potosi mint first struck coins in 1574 and this 2 reales coin was struck very early in the mint's operation, around 1575 -1580.  Early issue coins like this are rare finds from the Atocha since they were struck a full 42 years or more before the Atocha set sail.  Due to the time period, rarity and typical high quality, early issue coins are very popular with collectors.  Atocha 2 reales coins are rare in comparison to the 8 reales denomination coins and are very popular and in high demand for jewelry mounting.  This great little coin is supplied with the new style Mel Fisher's photo type Certificate of Authenticity, a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 1 - 1622 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins, and the book "Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon", personally autographed by the author, Syd Jones.


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Atocha Grade 1
Item#:  13064 (85A-199085)
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  T
Weight:  25.7 grams
Diameter: 1.5 inches

Price:  $2595.00  BUY ITEM

 

Grade 1+, beautiful full cross with all lions and castles visible and boldly struck.  Also visible on the cross side is the bottom of the date 1618 located between the 9 and 12 o'clock position along the edge.  Equally superb, deep struck full shield with transposed upper shield elements and with visible mint and assayer marks P and T at left, denomination mark VIII (with an O above) at right, and most of the king's name along the right edge.  This coin has exceptional quality and is a must buy for those desiring the very best.  Supplied with the new style Mel Fisher's photo type Certificate of Authenticity, a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 1 - 1622 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins, and the book "Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon", personally autographed by the author, Syd Jones.


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Atocha Grade 1
Item#:  13058 (85A-237622)
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  B
Weight:  24.0 grams
Diameter: 1.6-1.7 inches

Price:  $3995.00  SOLD

 

Grade 1, a rare Potosi Mint early issue 8 reales coin, assayer B, circa 1577-1578, amazingly struck a full 44 years before the Atocha set sail.  The 8 reales denomination was first issued at Potosi in 1575, so this coin was minted a mere 2 to 3 years into the production of the big 8's.  Early issue coins like this one were noted for their high quality and were struck on broad flans - note this coins' large 1.6 to 1.7 inch diameter and it's ample visible legend.  This coin, like all assayer B, C and L coins from this time period are indentified by commas separating the words in the cross side legend and by the small rampant type lions in the cross quadrants.  Supplied with the original photo type Certificate of Authenticity, personally signed by Mel Fishers friend and Treasure Salvors electronics expert, Fay Feild.  Also included, is the booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 1 - 1622 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins, and the book "Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon", personally autographed by the author, Syd Jones.


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Atocha Grade 1
Item#:  13046 (86A-134622-1)
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  Q
Weight:  26.5 grams
Diameter: 1.5 inches

Price:  $2195.00  BUY ITEM

 

Grade 1+,  Excellent full cross with all lions and castles visible in the cross quadrants.  Equally nice double struck shield side details with all elements of the shield clearly visible along with a partial crown above, bold mint and assayer marks P and Q at left, and some legend along the bottom edge.  A top end Atocha grade 1 coin.  Supplied with the new style Mel Fisher's photo type Certificate of Authenticity, a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 1 - 1622 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins, and the book "Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon", personally autographed by the author, Syd Jones.


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Atocha Grade 1
Item#:  12083 (H-368)
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  T
Weight:  27.0 grams
Diameter: 1.5-1.7 inches

Price:  $2195.00  SOLD

 

Grade 1, dated (16)21 (full 21 visible), this is an exceptional full weight coin, the heaviest example that we have ever seen from the Atocha.  Cross side details include a full cross with reverse lions and castles in the cross quadrants, obscured somewhat by areas of flatness near the center.  Also visible on the cross side are the digits 21 of the date 1621 at the 11 o'clock position along with ample peripheral legend, including the word INDIARVM struck with a Y in place of I.  The shield side is stunning, exhibiting a full shield with a complete juxtaposition of the two upper shield elements.  Also visible on the shield side is a full crown above, backwards mint mark P at left with bold assayer mark T below, and the ordinal III of the King's name PHILIP III at the 5 o'clock position.  This exceptional coin would rate in the top 1 percent of all coins recovered from the Atocha and is must have for those desiring the very best.  Supplied with the original photo type Certificate of Authenticity, a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 1 - 1622 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins, and the book "Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon", personally autographed by the author, Syd Jones.


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Atocha Grade 2
Item#:  6016 (85A-105932)
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  R? (Not Visible)
Weight:  25.7 grams
Diameter: 1.5-1.6 inches

Price:  $1495.00  SOLD

 

Grade 2+, excellent full cross with the lions and castles visible in three out of four quadrants and with flatness over the lower left quadrant's lion.  Equally nice full shield with flatness over the left central region that muddles the  mint and assayer marks, although muddled and not listed on the certificate, the assayer mark appears to be an R.  Of particular significance on the shield side, is the partial king's name PHILIPVS and full ordinal III in the legend (Philip III).  An great grade 2 coin.  Supplied with the original photo type Certificate of Authenticity and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 1 - 1622 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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Atocha Grade 2
Item#:  13048 (85A-188124)
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  T
Weight:  21.6 grams
Diameter: 1.4-1.5 inches

Price:  $695.00  BUY ITEM

 

Grade 2, nice 70% full cross with one lion and castle visible in the left cross quadrants.  Very nice deep struck full shield with all elements of the shield visible along with the assayer mark T at left.  A nice well balanced grade 2 Atocha coin.  Supplied with the original photo type Certificate of Authenticity and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 1 - 1622 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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Atocha Grade 3
Item#:  4189
Denomination:  8 reales
Mint:  Potosi
Assayer:  R
Weight:  17.8 grams
Diameter: 1.2-1.6 inches

Price:  $595.00  BUY ITEM

 

Grade 3+, full cross with all lions and castles visible, 70% full shield with nice details including the very important mint and assayer marks P and R.  Like many Atocha coins, this one does not show a grade on the certificate, but is of at least of grade 3 in quality.  A nicely detailed coin even though part is missing due to over 350 years of salt water submersion.  Supplied with the original photo type Certificate of Authenticity and a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 1 - 1622 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins.


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Santa Margarita - 2 Escudos
Item#:  10123
Denomination:  2 Escudos
Mint:  Not Visible
Assayer:  Not Visible
Weight:  6.25 grams
Diameter: .85 inches

Price:  $19,800.00  BUY ITEM

 

Gold cob, recovered from the wreck of the Spanish galleon Santa Margarita , sister ship to the Atocha.  Both were lost during a hurricane near the Florida Keys on September 6, 1622 and were salvaged by Mel Fisher and his company, Treasure Salvors Inc.  Santa Margarita coins are rare in comparison to those from the Atocha and gold coins from either wreck are extremely rare finds, particularly dated examples like this that display a full 1622 date.  Supplied with the original certificate of authenticity, a Mel Fisher's Treasure Sales Appraisal, a booklet "Shipwrecks and Their Coins: Volume 1 - 1622 Spanish Treasure Fleet" that provides details about the fleet and its coins, and the book "Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon", personally autographed by the author, Syd Jones.

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