Atocha Silver

It’s not just a piece of silver; it’s a piece of history.

 

In the fall of 1622, a heavily armed fleet of Spanish treasure galleons set sail from Havana toward Spain. Included in the ships’ manifest were freshly mined 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 overtaken by a hurricane off the coast of the Florida Keys. Several ships in the fleet were sunk, including the Neustra Senora de Atocha. Dragged down by the weight of the gold, silver, copper and other cargo she carried, the Atocha quickly sank over 50 feet to the sandy ocean bottom. Five survivors attempted to mark the place she went down, and for 60 years, the Spanish searched for her wreckage. They would not find her. She slept on the ocean floor for over three hundred years.

In the summer of 1985, treasure hunter Mel Fisher and his divers discovered the main cargo of the Atocha following a 16 year search. The treasure they found was valued at $400 million. Two of the couples who financed the search donated a block of silver from the Atocha to the Florida 4-H Foundation and the University of Florida’s citrus research program.

The Florida 4-H Foundation used our block of silver from the wreckage of the Atocha to craft a special 4-H memento for your wardrobe. Each cloverleaf pendant or lapel pin is sold for $30 and comes with a certificate of authenticity from the American Numismatic Association. This jewelry is not just a piece of silver; it’s a piece of history.

 

All proceeds benefit the Florida 4-H State Council.  To purchase your very own piece of the Atocha, please fill out the Atocha silver order form and send to:

Grace Carter

P.O. Box 110225

Gainesville, FL 32611

To pay by check:  Make the check out to Florida 4-H Foundation and write Atocha Silver in the memo

To pay by credit card:  Please follow this link to the Florida 4-H Paypal account.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For questions about content on this page, please contact Grace Carter at grace.carter@ufl.edu.