Shipwreck treasure ingots. Silver Treasure bars and gold pirate bars. Authentic Atocha, 1715 Fleet, Maravillas, 1733 Fleet and ROOSWIJK bars

Shipwreck and Non-Shipwreck Silver and Gold Ingots

 

Bullion ingots from shipwrecks do not exist in great quantities—typically any given shipwreck will yield ALL known specimens of that particular style of ingot, and with the exception of the hundreds of monstrous (80-lb.) loaf-shaped bricks of silver from the Atocha, I have never heard of more than about 200 similar ingots found at once. Compare that to coin rarities, and you will quickly realize that ingots are much rarer than contemporaneous coins, and of course they are almost always more impressive.

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Shipwreck and Hoard Ingots

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"Pinch" of California gold from the S.S. Central America (1857), in Global Certification Services slab. Small "pinch" (~0.5 grams) with several flakes and one large, elongated "toothpick" nugget. GCS #501263.0286. Small, coin-like silver cut pieces ("plata corriente"), from the "Tumbaga" wreck, sunk ca. 1528 off Grand Bahama Island, with certificate. About 0.75 to 1.0 gram; 7-10 mm in length. These are small "nuggets" of silver, cut from "splash" ingots and bars, and documented as having circulated in the New World prior to the establishment of mints in Mexico and Peru. Naturally this form of currency was highly controversial, as most of it did not go through proper taxation! The crown had no choice but to let it circulate, however, until true coins were available, at which time there was a massive recall, making surviving pieces like these extremely rare. Some with ample encrustation but all rather dark and crude. c06181621005-6 SOLD

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treasure bars atocha 1715 fleet gold and silver ingots pirate

 

 

   

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