400 Year Old Treasure



400-year-old shipwreck treasure recovered

A shipwreck site, called the "Tortugas" excavation, was first discovered back in 1965. Its 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has now been recovered. The treasure fleet ship was sailing back to Spain after collecting colonial treasures back in 1622. It was struck down by a fierce hurricane off the southwest tip of Florida, about 400 miles from the Florida Keys.




Half of a gold finger bar with nine stamps: five quinto tax stamps, three 21.75 karat purity stamps, and one 'EN RADA' stamp (L. 13.1cm, 426gms) recovered from the Tortugas shipwreck, in the Straits of Florida, is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration. The site, called the "Tortugas" excavation was first discovered back in 1965. Its 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has now been recovered. The galleon Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario, of the Tierra Firme treasure fleet, was sailing back to Spain after collecting colonial treasures back in 1622. It was struck down by a fierce hurricane off the southwest tip of Florida, about 400 miles from the Florida Keys. REUTERS/Odyssey Marine Exploration/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY WEALTH ENTERTAINMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


Detail of an 'EN RADA' stamp on Tortugas wreck's gold finger bar recovered from the Tortugas shipwreck, in the Straits of Florida, is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration. The site, called the "Tortugas" excavation was first discovered back in 1965. Its 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has now been recovered. The galleon Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario, of the Tierra Firme treasure fleet, was sailing back to Spain after collecting colonial treasures back in 1622. It was struck down by a fierce hurricane off the southwest tip of Florida, about 400 miles from the Florida Keys. REUTERS/Odyssey Marine Exploration/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY WEALTH ENTERTAINMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


Five Mexico City and Peruvian silver coins recovered from the Tortugas shipwreck, in the Straits of Florida, is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration. The site, called the "Tortugas" excavation was first discovered back in 1965. Its 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has now been recovered. The galleon Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario, of the Tierra Firme treasure fleet, was sailing back to Spain after collecting colonial treasures back in 1622. It was struck down by a fierce hurricane off the southwest tip of Florida, about 400 miles from the Florida Keys. REUTERS/Odyssey Marine Exploration/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY WEALTH ENTERTAINMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS 


A selection of the 27 gold bars recovered from the Tortugas shipwreck, in the Straits of Florida, is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration. The site, called the "Tortugas" excavation was first discovered back in 1965. Its 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has now been recovered. The galleon Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario, of the Tierra Firme treasure fleet, was sailing back to Spain after collecting colonial treasures back in 1622. It was struck down by a fierce hurricane off the southwest tip of Florida, about 400 miles from the Florida Keys. REUTERS/Odyssey Marine Exploration/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY WEALTH ENTERTAINMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


Archaeologists examine silver coins and a silver fork found amongst sand and shell spoil, as recovered by the ROV Merlin's SeRF (Sediment Removal and Filtration System) unit from the Tortugas shipwreck, in the Straits of Florida, is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration. The site, called the "Tortugas" excavation was first discovered back in 1965. Its 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has now been recovered. The galleon Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario, of the Tierra Firme treasure fleet, was sailing back to Spain after collecting colonial treasures back in 1622. It was struck down by a fierce hurricane off the southwest tip of Florida, about 400 miles from the Florida Keys. REUTERS/Odyssey Marine Exploration/John Astley/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY WEALTH ENTERTAINMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


Bronze astrolabes, gold bars, olive jars and Andalusian tablewares recovered from the Tortugas shipwreck, in the Straits of Florida, is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration. The site, called the "Tortugas" excavation was first discovered back in 1965. Its 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has now been recovered. The galleon Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario, of the Tierra Firme treasure fleet, was sailing back to Spain after collecting colonial treasures back in 1622. It was struck down by a fierce hurricane off the southwest tip of Florida, about 400 miles from the Florida Keys. REUTERS/Odyssey Marine Exploration/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY WEALTH ENTERTAINMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


A Spanish olive jar being recovered using the limpet suction device from the Tortugas shipwreck, in the Straits of Florida, is pictured in this undated handout photo courtesy of Odyssey Marine Exploration. The site, called the "Tortugas" excavation was first discovered back in 1965. Its 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has now been recovered. The galleon Buen Jesus y Nuestra Senora del Rosario, of the Tierra Firme treasure fleet, was sailing back to Spain after collecting colonial treasures back in 1622. It was struck down by a fierce hurricane off the southwest tip of Florida, about 400 miles from the Florida Keys. REUTERS/Odyssey Marine Exploration/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY WEALTH ENTERTAINMENT) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS


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