May 17, 2019 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Large Silver Ingot from Atocha Shipwreck

1621, ingot was recovered from the wreck of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, top impressed with several marks including silvermaster's mark, Jacove de Vreder, manifest number 691, assayer's bite mark and fineness mark for 2380/2400, tax seal marks, monogram for owner/shipper J. Delgado, underside with Treasure Salvors, Inc. inventory mark "A445/85", 85 troy pounds, 7.20 troy ounces (approximately 70.5 pounds), 3-1/2 x 14 x 5 in.; lot accompanied by certificate of authenticity

Note: Nuestra Señora de Atocha left South America bound for Spain with 265 people aboard, along with tons of silver, gold and other precious metals and gemstones. On September 6, 1622 the Atocha sank in a hurricane near the Florida Keys leaving only five survivors. During the rescue, the wreck was marked with hopes of later salvaging the priceless cargo. However, another hurricane came through and relocated the wreckage of the ship and all its bounty. The Spanish government spent nearly 60 years trying to locate the site before finally giving up and the ill-fated Atocha lay undiscovered for another 360 years until it was found by treasure hunter Mel Fisher in 1985. 

The cargo of the Atocha included one thousand silver ingots that had been mined in upper Peru (now Bolivia). The lot being sold is one of the ingots that went down with the Spanish galleon Atocha nearly 400 years ago.

Provenance:Property from an Important Tennessee Living Estate


condition as expected

Estimate: $28,000 - $36,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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