NUESTRA SEÑORA DE ATOCHA
Coins from the Atocha have an allure that places them in a special niche for historians, collectors, history buffs, and those few that have transformed their Atocha treasure into a personalized piece of jewelry. The History of the Atocha belongs to Key West and that’s what makes these coins so special to all of us. When you personalize your Key West Dog Tag with our staff, considering the Atocha or Margarita coin is expressing yourself in a free-living Island style.
Nuestra Señora de Atocha (Spanish: Our Lady of Atocha) The Atocha was a Spanish treasure galleon and the most widely-known vessel of a fleet of ships that sank in a hurricane off the Florida Keys in 1622. At the time of her sinking, Nuestra Señora de Atocha was heavily laden with copper, silver, gold, tobacco, gems, and indigo from Spanish ports at Cartagena and Porto Bello in New Granada (present-day Colombia and Panama, respectively) and Havana, bound for Spain. The ship was named for the parish of Atocha in Madrid. Much of the wreck of Nuestra Señora de Atocha was famously recovered by an American commercial treasure hunting expedition in 1985. Following a lengthy court battle against the State of Florida, the finders were ultimately awarded sole ownership of the rights to the treasure.
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