Monday, March 28, 2011

Florida Diver discovers Gold Piece from 1622

A south Florida diver, Bill Burt has recently made a big discovery. On a search for the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha, which sunk during a hurricane in 1622, Burt saw a flash in the sand that seemed just a little bit brighter than usual. That tiny “bit brighter” reflection coming off the sand floor and into his eyes turned out to be a 40-inch gold chain now pulled off the Florida Keys.

So how much is the gold worth anyways? The big question is currently being evaluated for full appraisal value, but given the age of the galleon (almost 400 years old) the chain is practically guaranteed to fetch a high number. Although only an estimate, many news channels and historians are currently valuing the gold piece at over $250,000.

Looks like Burt has heard the rumors too.

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