Description: This Medallion was respectfully designed & created, in a limited quantity, to commemorate the 400 Year Anniversary of the Lost Galleon "The Nuestra Senora de Atocha", that sank in a hurricane off the coast of Key West, Florida on September 6th, 1622. The Medallion is presented in a wooden display box and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity that relates this medallion to a Copper Ingot found on the Atocha main pile by Mel Fisher and his team. Copper ingot number 85A-1625-2.
Material: 100% Atocha Copper in its purest form
Weight: 28.5 grams
Dimensions: 38.2 mm diameter or 1.5 inches
Limited Quantity: A limited quantity of 100 medallions will be available.
History: The Atocha was the Almiranta or lead Galleon in Spain's Terra Firme Fleet. The Fleet set sail on September 4th, from Havana Cuba, headed to Seville, Spain; loaded with treasures and untold riches for the Spanish Crown. On September 6th, 1622 a hurricane sank the Atocha in 55 feet of water off the coast of Key West and the Atocha remained hidden until discovered by Mel Fisher on July 20, 1985.
The Cuban mine at Caridad De Cobre produced 582 royal copper ingots that were used as ballast on the Atocha. The mine itself was owned by the Spanish Crown, and only three ships in the 1622 Fleet carried the Royal Copper cargo. The Atocha, Santa Margarita and the Rosario were designated with this honor, and were loaded with the precious cargo in Havana Harbor, Cuba. This immense cargo, 30,000 pounds, was nestled neatly near the stern on the Atocha. Upon arrival to Spain, the copper was intended for the manufacturing of Bronze Canons, similar to those found on the Atocha.