Not only was undersea treasure a major focus of Coin World’s
most recent monthly issue, it is also the subject of the newest
exhibit at the American Numismatic Association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum.
“Treasures of the Deep: Galleons, Storms and
Archeology” opens June 5 at the museum’s Colorado Springs, Colo.,
location and tells the stories of the world’s greatest shipwrecks, the
treasures they carried, and the efforts to preserve the shipwreck
“This exhibit focuses not only on the romance of
sunken treasure, but also on the exciting process of rediscovering and
recovering treasure from the ocean floor,” Money Museum curator
Douglas Mudd said. “A big part of the story is the science involved in
rediscovering these wrecks, which are time capsules that preserve the
history of seafaring.”
The lure of gold and silver
discovered in North America drew settlers from Europe to explore and
colonize the New World, changing the economic and political world map
in the process. Spain used the bullion discovered to craft ingots and
coinage in the form of silver reales and gold escudos. These coins
would dominate the world economy for centuries and become legendary
for their rich history as pirate gold and lost treasure.
Coin World recently delved deep with shipwreck-related coverage
in its June monthly issue. Among the topics were the the wreck of the SS Central America and
the treasure it buried, the "Shipwreck Effect" that is attached to
recovered coins, and the ways in which shipwreck coins are marketed.
The Money Museum exhibit will explore adventures on
the world’s oceans along with artifacts and treasure found in
underwater wrecks from the 16th century to modern day. The history of
underwater recovery and archaeology will be highlighted with the help
of Odyssey Marine Exploration, one of the largest underwater recovery
organizations. The exhibit highlights the research and technology used
to locate long-lost ships and preserve historical artifacts.
A free opening reception will be held June 5 from 5 p.m. to 7
p.m. The Money Museum is located at 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs. Visitors
will be given a special “Treasures of the Deep” medallette, and
complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
The Money Museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday. Admission costs $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, students or
military, and is free for children 12 and under.