Hunting for billions of dollars in sunken treasure

At 1.05pm on July 20, 1985, Mel Fisher was sitting in a café when he heard from his son that their legendary search was finally over. After scouring the seabed for 16 years, the Fisher salvage team had located the wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. Even better, the stories were true – the shipwreck was still laden with treasure. And what treasure. When the full extent of the ‘bank of Spain’ was finally hauled to the surface, its value was put at a staggering, recession-defying US$450 million. The fortune was composed of more than 100,000 coins, thousands of rare artefacts, Columbian emeralds as well as 1,000 gold and silver bars it is one of the biggest shipwreck discoveries in history. To read full story by Andy click on images above.

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