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Mel Fisher's Atocha 8 Reale Shipwreck Coin TORTUGA COLLECTION Sterling Silver Pendant | Artifact #8324

Mel Fisher's Atocha Shipwreck Coin 8 Reale Heirloom Tortuga Collection Sterling Silver Pendant

In the world of shipwreck treasure coins, Mel Fisher's Atocha Shipwreck Treasure Coin Jewelry reigns supreme!

Please Note: This is an authentic Atocha Shipwreck Treasure Coin, and you will receive the exact pendant in the photographs and description.


Atocha is the most famous Spanish galleon in shipwreck history! Mel Fisher spent 16 years searching for her... and every day he would tell his divers: “Today’s the Day!”  Years of trials and heartbreak were endured, along with attacks by the State and Federal government, who wanted to claim what Fisher found along the way.  At last, one fateful morning in 1985 he hit the “mother load...” millions upon millions in glittering Spanish silver and gold!

Your Atocha Shipwreck Treasure Coin Pendant

  • Date: Circa 1610-1612
  • Denomination: 8 Reale
  • Mint: Potosi, Upper Peru (present day Bolivia)
  • Assayer: Curved R (Baltasar Ramos Leceta) 
  • Ruler: King Philip III of Spain
  • Coin Metal: Silver
  • Bezel Metal: Proprietary non-tarnishing silver
  • Obverse (Front): The Greek Cross 
  • Reverse: (Back): The shield of King Philip III of Spain
  • Articulating  Nautical Shackle Bail Interior Diameter: Will accommodate chain or leather necklace up to LARGE 8mm - FITS TORTUGA 6.5MM Anchor Chain
  • Pendant size including bezel:  1 3/4" Across, 2 3/8" Tall - Pendant the width of a silver dollar piece

Robert's Notes: Beautiful cross with sharp lions and castles. This is a stunning  piece. This coin was certified and graded in 1986. By today's grading standards, this would be a G3, as the cross side quality is a G2, and the shield side is a G3. SEE NOTE ON GRADING BELOW.

Sweet curved "R" assayer's initials that tells us this coin was struck between 1610 and 1612.

It has a very nice thickness to it. The shape and sea wear pattern suggests that is was removed from the outer edge of the remains of a treasure chest.

It is difficult for photos to capture how beautiful this coin is in hand. 

We treasure hunters affectionately call these coins "Key West Dog Tags." Sidle up (if there's no horse, it's sidle) to an oyster bar wearing this and you will turn heads!

NOTES ON THIS ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY: This coin comes with its original, historic Treasure Salvor's, Inc., raised seal Certificate issued in 1986. Long before Mel Fisher and his dedicated crew "hit the mother load," someone believed in Fisher and the magic and mystery of searching for a lost Spanish galleon. When the Atocha was discovered, Fisher gave this coin and others to that investor as part of their return on investment. It has been safe-guarded in a safe deposit box since it was issued.

Having worked with Atocha "Golden Crew" members for decades (those who stuck with Mel through thick and thin until they hit the "mother load"), when the rum is flowing, stories of the "good ol' days" in Key West surface. 

I often chuckle when I see the grading on Atocha coins, because I remember living and diving for treasure in the Keys back then. First, the discovery of the Motherlode, and then the massive undertaking of conserving, grading and certifying a galleon-full of treasures. It was a crazy time, and often the grade – and even the coin details – were not as accurate as one would like. The reality is, it’s one more fascinating reflection of a magical time in this treasure’s history. 

The Tortuga Collection - Genuine Pieces of Eight Set in Hand-Forged Sterling Silver

Each Tortuga Collection masterpiece is born of fire, silver, hammer and anvil...

With settings hand-Forged from solid sterling silver, and hammered to perfection, each piece of Tortuga Collection jewelry is as unique as the authentic Spanish Reale... the "Piece of Eight" it highlights. Each setting is hand-crafted using the same techniques and hand tools used by the minters of the coins themselves. Because only historic techniques, hand tools and pure sterling silver are used, each Tortuga Collection setting is completely unique - an heirloom piece of artisan jewelry that can be worn every day.

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Your Atocha Shipwreck Piece of Eight Pendant Comes Complete with:

  1. Our 100% Authentic Lifetime Guarantee
  2. Original Raised Seal Historic Mel Fisher Treasure Salvors Certificate of Authenticity issued in 1986 
  3. A frame-able artist's rendering of Atocha created from the original shipwright's plans for Atocha
  4. An archival photo of what a salvaged "treasure chest" looks like filled with thousands of coins
  5. 10 Page Full Color Potosi Mint Historic Brief by Robert 
  6. "Pieces of Eight" Historic Brief
  7. The Coins of the Lost Galleons Book signed by Golden Crew Member Capt. KT Budde-Jones
  8. Treasure Hunters Gazette Booklet
  9. Mini Museum Display for when you are not wearing your treasure
  10. A Treasure Jewelry Care Card

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