Mexico 1 Real 1572-89 "Atocha 1622 Shipwreck" PCGS 45. Mexico 1 Real 1572-89 "Atocha 1622 Shipwreck" PCGS 45!
Possibly unique being the only one we are aware of this both certified and assigned a numerical grade for the Very Rare ATOCHA 1 REAL!! It's also the earliest date ranged Mexico reales we've ever had from the Atocha! "Our Lady of Atocha, " sank in 1622 off the Florida Keys, Havana bound for Spain.
Her galleon filled with all the treasure: gold, silver, copper, tobacco, gems, and jewelry. She never made it out of Veracruz to Havana - to join the fleet of the Tierra Firme (Mainland) Fleet. Her treasure was so enormous that it took 2 months to load the galleon full (in the summer of 1622 in what is now Panama City).
She set sail 6 weeks behind schedule on September 4th, 1622. Only two days later on the 6th, she was pushed onto the coral reefs by a severe Hurricane Approx. 35 miles west of Key West. All but 3 sailors and two slaves drowned as her hull was ripped apart.
Due to the galleons sitting in 55' of ocean and yet a second hurricane hitting (further scattering the treasure), the following month salvage efforts were severely hindered. With the help of Indian slaves, over the course of many years, almost half the treasure was recovered from the Santa Margarita.
This was mainly accomplished, crudely enough, by sending slaves down in a brass makeshift diving bell (with a window on the side). Many of these efforts ended in death. Spain's shipwrecked treasure caused nothing short of devastation to their finances, which were in dire need of funds due to their 30 year war.Although the Spanish recovery efforts were somewhat successful over 10 years, they never did find the Atocha! Finally, after 16.5 years of searching she was finally discovered in 1985 by Mel Fisher (Treasure Salvors), producing her gold and rare Muzo emeralds. Most of the gold and silver coins were minted between 1598 to 1621 (there were also earlier dates, even as far back as the early 1500's on board). Treasure is still being brought up to this day. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins: World\North & Central America\Mexico\Colonial (up to 1821)". The seller is "pirategoldcoins" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.