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The steady and punctual transport of silver from the New World to Spain was crucial to the mother country. It not only financed the day-to-day operations of the Crown, but it also helped meet the payroll of the sizable fighting force needed to maintain the far-flung Spanish empire.

Coins and bars were convenient forms for shipping silver. Visit Silverbank Treasures to see examples of coins from this era that are available for purchase.

 

Jewelry of gold and precious stones was far beyond the means of all but the most wealthy. Such jewelry might have been worn by the wife of a wealthy merchant or a Crown administrator who had done well in the New World. Or perhaps a dealer had bought it in hopes of selling it at a handsome profit in Europe.

In addition to silver bullion and thousands of coins, a large array of other artifacts was found along the debris path.  Finds included jewelry, a pocket watch, a silver crucifix, silver cutlery, a Mexican serving dish, and Ming porcelain expressly made for the European market.






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