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Complete gold "finger" bar #1575, 726 grams, marked with fineness XXIII: (23.5K) and serial number 1

Currency:USD Category:Coins & Paper Money / Coins: Shipwreck Ingots Start Price:28,000.00 USD Estimated At:30,000.00 - 60,000.00 USD
Complete gold  finger  bar #1575, 726 grams, marked with fineness XXIII: (23.5K) and serial number 1
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This item SOLD at 2015 Oct 29 @ 12:09UTC-4 : AST/EDT
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Complete gold "finger" bar #1575, 726 grams, marked with fineness XXIII: (23.5K) and serial number 158, from the Atocha (1622). 5-1/4" x 1" x 1/2". Typical specimen with boldly engraved fineness but lightly inscribed serial number next to a depression from shrinkage at the time of casting that now bears gray encrustation from the sea, the rounded bottom with light encrustation at one end and stamps "84" (for 1984) and an old-English "A" (for Atocha) applied by the salvagers. Interestingly, the bars of this type never show any assayer's "bite," which leads researchers to conclude they were either contraband (unlikely because of the markings) or belonged to the church or the crown. From the Atocha (1622), with Fisher photo-certificate #A84-1575.