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Mel Fisher, a dreamer, a visionary, a legend and most importantly, the World's Greatest Treasure Hunter! Mel Fisher did what many have not - he realized his dream during his lifetime. Everyday he insisted, "Today's the Day"! His mantra continues to inspire the search for the remaining treasure from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita, the Spanish galleons that sank during a hurricane on September 6, 1622, near Key West, Florida.
It took years, cost lives, and challenged all who served as members of Mel's loyal crew. On July 20, 1985, after more than 15 years, Mel's dream was achieved, and the Atocha's motherlode was located. Thousands of artifacts, silver coins, gold coins, many in near mint condition, period and earlier amazing Spanish objects and wares, exquisite jewelry set with precious stones, gold chains, a variety of armaments and even seeds (which later sprouted!) was recovered.
The immensity of the Atocha's treasure is staggering. What was only a dream instantly became an undeniable reality. You, too, can join the search for the remaining treasure by visiting our member relations department, or "Own a Piece of History" by visiting our gift shops or shopping online. As Mel Fisher would say, "Today's the Day!" Visit our Treasure Blog for fascinating Mel Fisher treasure stories
You can purchase your own authentic Atocha - Margarita coin from the only "official" Mel Fisher Family that discovered the Atocha & Margarita shipwrecks! Protect your investment when you buy directly from the ones who discovered the Atocha and Margarita shipwrecks, Mel Fisher's Treasures. Every Atocha or Margarita shipwreck artifact recovered by our divers and available for sale on our official Mel Fisher web store has our guarantee that it is authentic and comes with our high-security certificate of authenticity.
Reversed letters and design elements on silver “cob” coinage produced by the Potosi mint might have been the work of an employee suffering from a reading disorder.
Excerpts by A. Torrey McLean in: Numismatist Vol. 105, no. 6 (June 1992), p. 778-782 ANA 145916
During the period of 1619-22, a worker at the Potosi mint apparently suffered from dyslexia, a reading disorder characterized by impaired ability to interpret spatial relationships or to integrate auditory and visual information. This theory is supported by a number of the surviving coins struck in Potosi during that brief period exhibiting distinctive abnormalities that are unusual even for the crude Spanish colonial silver “cob” coinage of what was then the Viceroyalty of Peru.
"I think that perseverance has paid. That's one of the main things, just hang in there and do your thing and when people try to tear you down or get jealous, just let it go in one ear and out the other and keep on going." - Mel Fisher