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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    When finders aren't keepers: $500m galleon treasure to be returned to Spain

    600,000 coins from sunken galleon being flown to Spain after
    five-year legal fight with U.S. treasure hunters for $500m trove
    (Daily Mail)
    A $500million trove of silver coins recovered from a Spanish galleon sunk by British warships in 1804 was due to be flown from the United States to Spain today in the concluding part of a five-year legal battle.

    Spain's ambassador to the U.S., Jorge Dezcallar de Mazar, was expected to watch on when the two Spanish military C-130s take off from a Florida Air Force base with the 17-ton stash.

    They will be loaded with 594,000 silver coins and other artefacts, packed into the same white plastic buckets in which they were brought to the U.S. by Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration in May 2007.
    Odyssey - which uses a remote-controlled submersible to explore the depths and bring the tiniest of items to the surface - had previously argued that as the finder it was entitled to all or most of the treasure.

    The Spanish government filed a claim in a U.S. District Court soon after the coins were flown back to Tampa, contending that it never relinquished ownership of the ship or its contents.
    the whole story, with great pictures, at link above

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    I'm usually pretty honest...But. The spanish gov. isn't even going to reimburse them for expenses. I'm sorry, but I'd have rented a warehouse and melted them down. Silver ingots for me!
    Last edited by Paulette; 02-24-2012 at 11:17 PM. Reason: wrote gold instead of silver

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Id have taken the whole mess out into the deepest water I could find and dumped it back over board.
    Let Spain's lawyers dive for them.

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