Authentic Atocha & Margarita Coins
On September 6, 1622, the heavily laden treasure galleon of King Philip IV’s Tierra Firme Fleet struck a reef and sank in a raging storm near the Florida Keys. All attempts to locate the shipwreck failed until the location of the primary cultural deposit was made by Mel Fisher and Treasure Salvors, Inc., on July 20th, 1985.
The Nuestra Senora de Atocha carried over 200,000 hand stamped silver coins from mints in Potosi, Lima and Mexico City. Silver coins are referred to as “pieces of eight” and were measured in reales. Their denominations are 8 reales, 4 reales, 2 reales, 1 real, ½ real and ¼ real. An 8 reales silver Atocha coin was roughly equivalent to one month’s pay for a sailor in the 1600’s. Due to the crude hand-struck minting process, no two coins look alike.
Every Atocha and Margarita historic artifact on the Mel Fisher website is guaranteed to be authentic and comes with a documented Certificate of Authenticity that can trace the item from the seabed - to our conservation lab - to you. NO OTHER "TREASURE" OR "ATOCHA COIN" SITE CAN MAKE THAT CLAIM!
!! Authentic coins are in high demand !!
If you see a coin you like that is marked “sold” please contact us. We can have a custom mount created specifically for you in the design of your choice.
Contact our Treasure Specialists: (800) 434-1399 or (305) 295-9555 email: firstname.lastname@example.org