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5 most interesting shipwreck treasure hauls

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Black Swan

Most valuable treasure haul in history

The largest monetary treasure haul found was on the wreck code named Black Swan, discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration in 2007 off of Gibraltar. The salvage team reportedly found 17 tons of coins valued at $500 million; an amount that is both staggering and said to be “unprecedented” in the treasure hunting world.

The crew didn’t release the Black Swan dive site or details on the type of coins it uncovered, and promptly flew its haul back to the US. This caused a courtroom brawl, with the Spanish government filing a claim on the treasure and the US Federal Court demanding Odyssey reveal the wreck’s location. After five years of litigation, the courts ruled in Spain’s favour and the treasure had to be flown back across the pond.

Photo courtesy AP

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