Thursday, January 04, 2007

Shipwreck treasures up for auction in NYC (The News Journal, DE)

DelTech selling coins from Spanish fleet to benefit Georgetown campus

The late Melvin Joseph knew his collection of 16th-century shipwreck treasures so well, he once drew an emerald and diamond necklace from its display case and gave a gem count.

"Three hundred twenty diamonds, 23 emeralds. There's one diamond missing, one little diamond," he explained in 1988.

Joseph ended up donating a large portion of his treasure collection -- salvaged from the shipwrecks of the Nuestra SeƱora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita -- to a Delaware Technical & Community College foundation. . . .

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