Treasure Hunt : The Atocha Gold | History channel | Top ducumentary Films46:27

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Published on June 22, 2016

Mel found the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha  named after a shrine in Madrid for protection.  He discovered the wreck July 20, 1985. The estimated $450 million cache recovered, known as “The Atocha Motherlode,” included 40 tons of gold and silver; there were some 114,000 of the Spanish silver coins known as “pieces of eight”, gold coins, Colombian emeralds, gold and silver artifacts, and 1000 silver ingots.Large as it was, this was only roughly half of the treasure that went down with the Atocha. The wealthiest part of the ship, the stern castle, is yet to be found.  Still missing are 300 silver bars and 8 bronze cannons, among other things.

 The site of the wreckage of the Atocha, called “The Bank of Spain”, (a sandy area 22 feet deep and within 200 yards of the anchor location),  is still being worked on and treasures are slowly being recovered. The emeralds from the Atocha are some of the finest emeralds in the world. They come from the Muzo Mine in Colombia. The emeralds of Muzo are renowned for their color and are the world standard by which all emeralds are judged. The Supreme Court of the United States confirmed Fisher’s ownership to the recovered treasure and transferred ownership of 75% of the appraised value of all material recovered.

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