In just 40 succinct pages, Treasure Coins of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita answers all the most frequently asked questions about shipwreck recovered treasures, including what the coins look like when first discovered, how they are cleaned, conserved and graded, what they were worth in the 17th century, the meaning of the various markings, and the names and periods of office of the men who made them. Of particular interest to "cob" coin enthusiasts is a section devoted to the exceedingly rare Old World minted coins discovered on the Atocha and the Santa Margarita.
When I want to learn more about coins, I consult Carol Tedesco. For me as a student and teacher of archaeological oceanography, coins serve as indicators of lost ships, historic cultures as well as shifting sediments and ocean currents. This concise book has huge content including the mines, the mints, the assayers, conservation and preservation.
Clarice M. Yentsch, Ph.D.
Curator of Education,
Mel Fisher Maritime Historical
Society and Museum 2002 to 2007;
Research Scientist & Adjunct Professor
Nova Southeastern University
Dania Beach, Florida
I’m delighted to see this booklet on the 1622 coins excavated for many years from the Atocha and Margarita historic shipwrecks. Numismatists and general readers alike will delight in this well researched guide to an unparalleled archaeological collection recovered from the sea.
Dr. R. Duncan Mathewson III
Anticipated to be published before Hell freezes over.
Fully illustrated with hundreds of finely detailed photographs, Pieces of Eight - Silver Treasure Coins of the Nuestra Senora de Atocha, the Santa Margarita & the Portuguese Carrack Sao Jose is more than just a reference book. Carol Tedesco not only explains the subtle nuances of the coins themselves in fascinating detail, but places them in the context of their moment in history, explaining where they were coming from, where they were going, and why.
With cover art-work by Kate Peachey
In 1990 Seahawk Deep Ocean Technology of Tampa, Florida, commenced the world’s first robotic archaeological excavation of a deep-sea shipwreck south of the Tortugas Islands in the Straits of Florida.
Chapter 1. Astley, J. and Stemm, G., The Deep-Sea Tortugas Shipwreck, Florida: Technology.
Chapter 2. Stemm, G., Gerth, E., Flow, J., Lozano Guerra-Libre- ro, C. and Kingsley, S., The Deep-Sea Tortugas Shipwreck, Florida: A Spanish-Operated Navio of the 1622 Tierra Firme Fleet. Part 1, the Site.
Chapter 3. Stemm, G., Gerth, E., Flow, J., Lozano Guerra-Librero, C. and Kingsley, S., The Deep-Sea Tortugas Shipwreck, Florida: A Spanish-Operated Navio of the 1622 Tierra Firme Fleet. Part 2: the Artifacts.
Chapter 4. Kingsley, S., The Identity and Maritime History of the Deep-Sea Tortugas Shipwreck.
Chapter 5. Armitage, P.L., The Deep-Sea Tortugas Shipwreck, Florida: the Animal Bones.
Chapter 6. Tedesco, C., The Deep-Sea Tortugas Shipwreck, Florida: the Silver Coins.