Sunken treasures

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Sunken treasures

A worker of the ministry holds up for photographers a silver coin from the shipwreck of a 1804 galleon, on its first display to the media at a ministry building, in Madrid, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Spanish cultural officials have allowed the first peep at 16 tons (14.5 metric tons) of the shipwreck, ‘Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes’ a treasure worth an estimated $500 million that a U.S. salvage company gave up after a five-year international ownership dispute. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

This image taken July 5, 2012 provided by Odyssey Marine, Inc. shows the discovery of silver on the SS Gairsoppa. Forty-eight tons of silver bullion has been recovered from the SS Gairsoppa and returned to the British Government the company announced Wednesday July 18, 2012. The record-breaking operation has so far produced the heaviest and deepest recovery of precious metals from a shipwreck. (AP Photo/Odyssey Marine Inc.)

This undated image made available by French Champagne House Veuve Clicquot shows a current bottle of champagne beside one of the 168 bottles of champagne salvaged from a 200-year-old shipwreck in the waters off Aland Islands, between Sweden and Finland, which was opened at a sampling in Mariehamn, Finland on Wednesday Nov. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva/Jussi Nukari)

Broken ancient pottery from the wreck of a 3rd century AD Roman-era ship found 1.2 kilometers deep off the western coast of Greece is seen in this undated photo issued by Greek Culture Ministry on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Greece’s culture ministry says an undersea survey ahead of the sinking of a Greek-Italian gas pipe has discovered the deepest-known shipwrecks in the Mediterranean. A ministry statement Tuesday said the two Roman-era wrecks found far offshore also disprove the generally accepted theory that ancient shipmasters stuck to coastal waters rather than risking open-sea routes. (AP Photo/Greek Culture Ministry)

Gold coins from a treasure trove of gold and silver coins worth $500 million and recovered from a Spanish ship believed to be from the wreckage of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a ship sunk by the British Navy in 1804 as it returned from South America, are handled by a Spanish expert at an undisclosed warehouse in Sarasota, Florida in this handout photo released February 23, 2012. The treasure of 594,000 gold and silver coins was the focus of an intense five-year legal battle between Spain and Odyssey, a U.S. deep sea salvage company that found them five years ago off the coast of Portugal. Two Spanish C-130 military planes have landed at a U.S. Air Force base in Tampa to transport the coins under armed guard, said Guillermo Corral, the cultural attache at Spain’s Embassy in Washington. REUTERS/Spanish Embassy/Handout

Guards stand near 10th century Chinese Yue Mise imperial wares from the Five Dynasties (907-960 AD) on display at a showroom in Pamulang district, Tangerang, Indonesia’s Banten province May 4, 2010. The items were found inside a 1,000-year-old shipwreck discovered by Indonesian fishermen and excavated by PT Paradigma Putra Sejahtera with Cosmix Underwater Research Ltd in the northern waters of Cirebon, West Java province, and are set to go on auction on May 5, 2010 with a minimum price of $80 million,The collection includes 271,000 pieces such as rubies, pearls, gold jewellery, rock crystal, Iranian glassware and Chinese imperial porcelain, all of which can be dated to around 976 A.D. REUTERS/Beawiharta

In this Monday, March 19, 2012 photo, Fred Dobberphul, a scientific diver who involved in the excavation of the 9-10th century Chinese ship that sank off Java island and known as “The Cirebon Wreck”, examines artifacts he helped to recover at a government warehouse in Cileungsi, West Java, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

A photo released by Odyssey Marine Exploration snapped by a remote-controlled underwater vehicle shows piles of gold coins on the wreck of the S.S. Republic during salvage operations in Nov. 2003 off the coast of Georgia. Experts estimate there are 20,000 to 30,000 coins at the site 1,700 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, worth perhaps as much as $180 million. The S.S. Republic was carrying 59 passengers and a load of gold coins from New York to New Orleans when it sank in a hurricane offSavannah, Ga., on Oct. 25, 1865, according to newspaper accounts and other historical records. (AP Photo/Odyssey Marine Exploration)

In this photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Blue Water Ventures salvage company captain Dan Porter displays a tiny solid gold combination toothpick and earwax scoop Monday, May 19, 2008, in Key West, Fla. A diver on Porter’s salvage boat recovered the artifact Sunday, May 18, about 40 miles west of Key West during a search for remains of the Spanish galleon Santa Margarita that shipwrecked in a 1622 hurricane. According to archaeologists, the 3-inch-long, 17th century grooming tool is more than 385 years old and was probably worn on a gold chain. Estimated value could exceed $100,000. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Bob Care)

In this Friday, Aug 15, 2008 file photo, currency, part of the artifacts collection of the Titanic, is shown at a warehouse in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Stanley Leary, File)

This photo taken in June 2009 and provided on Friday, July 24, 2009 by the Italian Culture Ministry and the Aurora Trust, shows an ancient mortar being measured after it was found with other objects off the coast of Ventotene, a tiny island part of an archipelago between Rome and Naples, Italy. Archaeology officials say they have found five well-preserved Roman shipwrecks off a small Mediterranean island, with their cargo of amphorae, pots and other objects largely intact. They date from the 1st century B.C. to the 4th century and carried wine amphorae, kitchen tools and some metal and glass objects that have yet to be identified, Italy’s Culture Ministry said. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Italian Culture Ministry and the Aurora Trust, ho)

A handout photo received February 8, 2011, shows a bottle of beer that was retrieved from a shipwreck in the Aland archipelago in the summer of 2010, at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) in Espoo. Divers retrieved more than 160 bottles of champagne and five bottles of beer in July 2010, from the wreck of a ship that likely sank during the first half of 1800s. The beer in question is one of the world’s oldest preserved beers. The VTT is to study the contents of the bottle to determine what kind of a recipe was used in the brewing of the beer and what kind of yeast caused the fermentation process. REUTERS/Augusto Mendes/The Government of Aland/Handout

In this Aug. 10, 2010 photo, coin collector Darlene Corio, of Rochester, N.Y., right, peers through a circular window at a gold ingot weighing more than 662 ounces as her husband, Tim Corio, left, looks on at a display at the World’s Fair of Money in Boston. The ingot was among two tons of California Gold Rush gold recovered from the shipwreck of the S.S. Central America which sank in 1857. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A large emerald ring is pictured in the hand of Sean Fisher, in this photograph taken on June 23, 2011 and released on July 2, 2011. Divers in the Florida Keys recovered the ring and two silver spoons from Nuestra Senora de Atocha, a shipwrecked Spanish galleon that has already yielded one of the greatest treasures ever recovered from the sea. Employees for Mel Fisher’s Treasure, named for its founder and Fisher’s late grandfather, believe the latest haul signals that they are close to finding the sterncastle, a key missing portion of the ship. Picture taken June 23, 2011. REUTERS/Sharon Wiley/Mel Fisher’s Treasures/Handout

A plate found from a 400-year-old shipwreck off Kuala Dungun, in Malaysia’s northeastern state of Terengganu, July 3, 2004. Marine archaeologists recovered thousands of artefacts believed to date back to the Ming dynasty from the 21-metre vessel, believed to have been built in the Philippines by the Portuguese and used for trading in Chinese porcelain, local media said on Sunday. Some of the bowls found showed the reign mark of Emperor Chenghua who ruled from 1465-1487 and some others showed the reign mark of Emperor Chia-ching ruled from1522-1566. The Ming Dynasty dates from 1368 to 1644. Photo taken July 3. REUTERS/Stringer

A diver charts large ceramic wine jars, or amphorae, lying on the Mediterranean seabed after the discovery of an ancient shipwreck in the south of Cyprus in this handout picture released June 5, 2008. Archaeologists have started research into what they believe may be the oldest known ancient shipwreck off Cyprus which sank with hundreds of jars of wine on board 2,350 years ago. In what could be described as a super-tanker of ancient times, Cypriot marine archaeologists say it appears to be one of the best preserved wrecks in the region, carrying hundreds of jars of wine dating from the mid-fourth century BC. REUTERS/Department of Antiquities

The bust of a statue (C) acheologists identify as Roman Emperor Philip the Arab, who ruled from 224 to 249 AD, is seen on underwater off the Mediterranean island of Corsica in this recent undated photo. Archeologists announced November 19, 2004 that a 2-metre statue of a feminine silhouette and statue fragments of the roman emperor were discovered October 23, 2004 in in shipwreck dating from the third century off Porticcio in southern Corsica. HO/Stringer/Reuters


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