***Gold Nugget / Flake Recovered from the Sunken Spanish Treasure Galleon Espadarte circa 1558 A.D. *** MASSIVE TREASURE FIND***
One Gold Nugget/Flake Recovered from Espadarte
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.
**Historical Information**(Provided by Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC of Winter Park, Florida)
The code name given to this wreck by the Arqueonautas was IDM-002 (which stands for the second wreck site found at Ilha de Mocambique or Island of Mozambique) and was soon known within the team as the "Fort San Sebastian wreck," but they were not able to identify the name or year. By the study of the hull remains and the Ming porcelain found, they knew it was something from the second half of the 16th Century, but the reports in their possession from the archives of Portuguese ships lost in that area and period did not seem to match with the wreck.
The 'Nau' Espadarte, which went to India in 1554, while on return to Portugal, broke the mast in the Cape [of Good Hope], being forced to go back to Mozambique, where it stranded in the point of Nossa Senhora do Baluarte on a depth of 5 fathoms (9m).
In August of 1995 an exclusive concession contract was concluded with the government of Cape Verde covering the whole of the archipelago's territorial waters. During the seven years in which Arqueonautas pursued its activities around these Atlantic islands, over 100 shipwrecks were located and documented, resulting in 12 recovery operations.
In the course of this project more than 10,000 artifacts of significant cultural and historical value and 65,000 coins were recovered, scientifically documented and preserved. From these finds, about 70% of the artifacts and 40% of the coins remained in Cape Verde for public display at the National Maritime Museum in Cidade da Praia, Santiago.
In the year 2000 work was initiated in Mozambique. Since the commencement of non-intrusive survey and reconnaissance operations, 32 shipwrecks were discovered, of which three sites so far have been excavated and scientifically documented.
Most of the gold from this site was like this, totally unmarked, no signs of fineness or ownership, possibly indicating that they were being smuggled to Europe without the Crown's tax. A total of 12.4 Kg of small ingots and fragments were recovered.
YOU WILL RECEIVE ONE AUTHENTICATED GOLD NUGGET/FLAKE FROM THE ESPADARTE c.1558 A.D.
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