Atocha 400th Anniversary of her sinking will be in 2022 and the prices will be very HOT. Atocha 2 REALES from Potosi with all documentation (original 1986 Certificate of Authenticity signed by Mel Fisher, 2x2 flip).Very scarce assayer (RL) and a scarcer early issue. Coin Number: 85A-172201 Fisher Tag; documented recovery from the wreck site on December 31, 1985. Grade: One (1); Arms of Castile (castle) and Leon (lion) look great and shield is very nice. Grade 1 Atocha coins were salvaged from the interior most portion of the treasure chest, and thus exhibit minimal amounts of salt water damage. They are clearly struck on both the obverse and reverse sides with the mintmark, assayer mark and denomination often all visible. Mint: Potosi is located high in the Andes mountains in present day Bolivia, formerly the Viceroyalty of Peru.
The "P" mintmark stands for Peru and was used by this mint from its opening in 1573 until its closing in 1825. The mines of Potosi were the richest silver mines in the world and produced the majority of the world's silver. The first coins Potosi minted were the shield-and-cross type after the La Plata and Lima mints closed.Assayer marks guaranteed the coins proper weight and purity. It consisted of the chief assayers initial or a monogrammed representation of his name. Removable Gold Bezel (crimped in place): 5.99 grams of 14k gold. Atocha, sunk in 1622 west of Key West, Florida. Arguably the most famous of all Spanish galleons salvaged in our time, the Atocha was the Almiranta of the 1622 Fleet, which left Havana several weeks late and ran afoul of a hurricane. Five people survived the sinking of the Atocha and were rescued by another vessel, but the wreck itself was scattered after another hurricane hit the site exactly one month later. The Spanish were never able to salvage what was one of the richest galleons ever to sail.
The cargo of the Atocha did not see light again until 1971, when the first coins were found by the now-famous salvager Mel Fisher and his divers, who recovered the bulk of the treasure in 1985. The item "ATOCHA 2 Reales GRADE 1 Assayer RL Potosi Shipwreck Coin with COA + 14k gold bezel" is in sale since Monday, October 7, 2019.
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