Atocha Silver

Published: November 30th, 2016

Category: Green Gazette

In the fall of 1622, a heavily armed fleet of Spanish treasure galleons set sail from Havana toward Spain. Included in the manifest were freshly minted coins and bars of Peruvian gold and silver, precious emeralds and the personal treasures of wealthy merchants and families booking passage to Spain. On September 6, 1622 the fleet was caught in a raging storm and the Nuestra Senora de Atocha was tossed onto a hidden reef. Dragged down by the weight of the gold, silver, copper and other cargo, she quickly sank thirty-four feet to the sandy ocean bottom. There she slept for over three hundred years. In the summer of 1985, treasure hunter Mel Fisher and his divers found the main cargo of the Atocha. Two of the investors of Mel Fisher’s company, Treasure Salvor’s Inc., have donated their stock in the treasure to the programs of Florida 4-H and citrus research. Because of the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Greene and Dr. And Mrs. Eugene Lyon, this treasure from the bottom of the sea will benefit youth education now and into the future. The Florida 4-H Foundation has used pieces of history from the Atocha to create a special 4-H memento for your wardrobe. The 4-H cloverleaf has been fashioned into exquisite silver jewelry made from silver from the Atocha. The pendant and lapel pin/tie-tack can be purchased from the 4-H Foundation. Proceeds from the jewelry sale will benefit the Florida 4-H Council.

The FL 4-H Executive Board members are selling silver 4-H clover pendants, and lapel pins/tie-tacks, to support our state 4-H program.  The pendants are made out of silver from sunken Spanish treasure, they cost $30 each, and come with a certificate of authenticity.  They are a wonderful collectible or Christmas gift for a 4-Her young or old.  This is a one of a kind opportunity, not only for it’s historical and monetary value, but because all money raised will go directly to support programming for 4-H youth at the state level.  Below you will find an attached order form for you to fill out.

If you would like to have your 4-H Clover sent to you by Christmas, your order form and payment must arrive to the FL 4-H headquarter by December 7th.  (The address is on the order form.)

For more information or questions contact Grace Carter at (352)-294-2914

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