By the time the Atocha sank in June of 1622, the French and Dutch rival of Spain were raiding and plundering the Spanish ships carrying New World treasures of gold and silver coins and bullon back to Spain. The Golden Age of Piracy was in full swing. Soon the Engish would join in attacking Spanish ships and its New World ports seeking pirate treasure.
Warrens Coins is working with The Dunston Mint on historical collection of coin replicas and The Golden Age of Piracy. We should have more background on this project shortly.
- $550k gold bar from Florida Keys shipwreck stolen (seattletimes.nwsource.com)