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January 20, 2007

Treasure!

You may have seen programs on the Discovery channel about Mel Fisher and his discovery of the Atocha. We visited one of his shops to see some of his treasure. He also has a museum but it's $22 a person (yeah right!)

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Treasure Chest- the wood disintegrated underwater and this is what happens to the coins inside.

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And here they are after a cleaning; ready to be purchsed (the least expensive is about $100, and the most expensive is a thousands of dollars.)

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Close up of coins

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Dollar Bill

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Buckles

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Buttons

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China

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Mug

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Flasks (for powder i think?)

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Keys

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long key and some other items

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Spoon and coins

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Silver ingot (notice it it 98% pure silver)

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Gold ingot

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CINTA

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description of what a CINTA is

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Another shot of the treasure chest, which was my favorite piece in the whole store. It is one of the few remaining chests; all the others have been cleaned up to be sold or sent to museums. I can't remember how many of these she said was on the ship, but I'll find out.

Posted by Heather at January 20, 2007 12:12 PM

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