True Stories of Sunken Treasure

#C-8145
Weller, Robert “Frogfoot”

ISBN/ISSN: 189375801X
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: 1715 Fleet, 1733 Fleet, San Fernando, Lucayan Beach Wreck, Maravillas, Las Cinque Chagas, Atocha, Santa Margarita, Tumbaga Bars
Comments: Illustrated
Size: 5.5” x 8.5”
Pages: 112
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by Crossed Anchors Salvage, Lake Worth, Florida (2005), in paperback.
Description: This book is mostly about the author’s exploits salvaging treasure wrecks off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean.  Some of the 16 stories were previously published in “Treasure Quest Magazine”, which the author owned and edited in the late 1990s…and some of the stories are new material.  In addition to chapters about the 1715 Fleet, the 1733 Fleet (including the “San Fernando” which no one has yet located), the Lucayan Beach Wreck, the “Maravillas”, “Las Cinque Chagas”, the “Atocha” and “Santa Margarita”, and the Tumbaga Bars Wreck, there are also stories about Cuban treasure wrecks, wrecks in the Azores, treasures on Tortuga island, and wrecks on “The Cobblers” reef off Barbados.  The author is the most successful salvor of the 1715 Fleet wrecks and many of his better finds are described in this book.  One of the “Top 75 Books”.

The “Tumbaga” Saga

#C-3352
Garcia-Barneche, Agustin

Library of Congress: 2010936331
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Tumbaga bars
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 9” x 6”
Pages: 148
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, Winter Park,   Florida (2010), in paperback and limited to 400 black & white copies.  A Special Limited Hardcover Color Edition with pictorial boards was published in September 2010 and was limited to 50 numbered copies.
Description:  Before there were coins in the New World, before there were Spanish Treasure Fleets, and even before there were any kind of European colonies in Mexico, the conquistador, Hernan Cortés, discovered a new precious-metal mix that led to an improvised manufacture of so-called “tumbaga” bars.  The “tumbaga” bars are a group of over 200 silver and gold ingots discovered in the remains of an unidentified ca.-1528 shipwreck off Grand Bahama Island in 1993.  This book is divided into three parts: The first part chronicles the earliest documents relating to the treasure accumulated by Hernan Cortés during his conquest of the Aztec empire. The second part concerns the later phase of conquest, specifically Captain Cristóbal de Olid’s campaign in the region of the Tarascan kingdom in western Mexico. The third and final part discusses technical aspects of these bars based on an interpretation of their markings and manufacture.The specimens studied in this book are the only ones known to exist—all of them from the same wreck—and therefore they will always be of the utmost rarity and historical importance. The book contains a data matrix for all 194 bars, including their weights, measurements, markings and descriptions. Also featured are plates of 60 selected bars, maps, native drawings and charts.

The “Tumbaga” Saga

#C-3352
Garcia-Barneche, Agustin

Library of Congress: 2010936331
Category: Sunken Treasure
Keywords: Tumbaga bars
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 9” x 6”
Pages: 148
Editions: The first edition (stated) was published by Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC, Winter Park,   Florida (2010), in paperback and limited to 400 black & white copies.  A Special Limited Hardcover Color Edition with pictorial boards was published in September 2010 and was limited to 50 numbered copies.
Description:  Before there were coins in the New World, before there were Spanish Treasure Fleets, and even before there were any kind of European colonies in Mexico, the conquistador, Hernan Cortés, discovered a new precious-metal mix that led to an improvised manufacture of so-called “tumbaga” bars.  The “tumbaga” bars are a group of over 200 silver and gold ingots discovered in the remains of an unidentified ca.-1528 shipwreck off Grand Bahama Island in 1993.  This book is divided into three parts: The first part chronicles the earliest documents relating to the treasure accumulated by Hernan Cortés during his conquest of the Aztec empire. The second part concerns the later phase of conquest, specifically Captain Cristóbal de Olid’s campaign in the region of the Tarascan kingdom in western Mexico. The third and final part discusses technical aspects of these bars based on an interpretation of their markings and manufacture.The specimens studied in this book are the only ones known to exist—all of them from the same wreck—and therefore they will always be of the utmost rarity and historical importance. The book contains a data matrix for all 194 bars, including their weights, measurements, markings and descriptions. Also featured are plates of 60 selected bars, maps, native drawings and charts.

Spanish Treasure Bars From New World Shipwrecks

#C-2445
Craig, Alan K. and Ernest J. Richards, Jr. 

ISBN/ISSN: 0974470503
Keywords: 1554 Fleet, 1715 Fleet, Atocha, 1622 Fleet, Maravillas, Tumbaga Bars, El Nuevo Constante
Comments: Includes a bibliography; illustrated
Size: 8.5” x 11”
Pages: 213
Editions: The first edition (not stated) was published by EN RADA Publications, West Palm Beach, Florida (2003) in paperback and was limited to 750 copies.
Description: This scholarly book describes the gold, silver, copper and tumbaga bars found on the 1554 Fleet (Padre Island), the 1715 Fleet, the “Atocha” (with an appendix detailing each bar salvaged), the “Maravillas,” the “El Nuevo Constante” wreck, and the Los Mimbres wreck off Little Bahamas Island where the tumbaga bars were found. This is the only book on precious metal bars from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries.