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
Gold Chains of the 1622 Fleet
By James Sinclair
Perhaps one of the most unanticipated finds from the 1622 Fleet shipwrecks is the gold chains. This was a class of item that while expected turned up in numbers that were truly staggering. The first of the gold chains to be found came from the area where the first galleon anchor was found in the area of the Quicksands that was dubbed the Bank of Spain.
The first of the chains to be found was a small example but it none-the-less brought much excitement. Brought to the surface by photographer Don Kincaid, it was a thrilling moment for those involved. While some silver coins had been found, along with the galleon anchor, the presence of gold made the find that much more real and exciting.
9 Carat Emerald Ring Found - June 2011
By James Sinclair
Continuing the wonderful finds from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, on June 23, 2011 Capt. Andy Matroci and the crew of the J.B. Magruder have done it again! This time with the recovery of a beautiful emerald ring, two silver spoons and some silver coins. In the last Newsletter I mentioned in the article on the gold rosary find, that it may...
This is the story of Mel and his family's search through the years.
Originally written by Bleth McHaley & Wendy Tucker
July 20, 1985 was "the day" at last when Mel Fisher, the world's greatest treasure hunter, found his dream of dreams, the priceless treasure cargo of the fabled lost Spanish galleon Atocha.