A few days ago, Mel Fisher’s Treasure announced the discovery of a $500,000 emerald ring, two silver spoons, and other artifacts. It is the latest haul from the 1622 shipwreck of the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha. And it could lead to one of the greatest lost treasures of all time.
The Lost Atocha?
The Atocha is one of a fleet of Spanish Galleons that sank off the Florida Keys during a hurricane in 1622. It lay untouched for over three centuries. Then, on July 20, 1985, Mel Fisher discovered the wreck and in the process, uncovered one of the largest treasures of all time. All told, the “Atocha Motherlode” was estimated at $450 million (in 1985!). And amazingly, that’s only half of it.
A whole other treasure still lies out there, waiting to be discovered. You see, the Atocha broke apart during the hurricane, causing the stern castle to separate from the rest of the ship. Centuries of currents and storms drove them even further apart. According to Sean Fisher, the ship’s manifest indicates that the stern castle could contain at least “100,000 coins, 400 silver bars, and personal jewelry.” And that doesn’t include any treasures that were deliberately left off the manifest by clergy and nobility who wanted to avoid taxes.
Guerrilla Explorer’s Analysis
Mel Fisher, who searched for the Atocha for sixteen years, was well-known for his motto, “Today’s the Day.” If Sean Fisher and his fellow divers have anything to say about it, “Today” could soon turn out to be a lifetime instead.
HT: Thanks to the Guerrilla Dad for providing the idea behind this article!