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I think we're just getting our wires crossed. "Whydah coins" implied treasure coins FROM the Whydah Gally. I meant that coins that were covered from the Whydah wreck are rare on the market because only Barry Clifford can distribute them and he does not sell any, and only those recovered by our team can be authenticated as Whydah treasure coins. What I think you meant to say was that coins SIMILAR to those which we found among the Whydah's treasure are not rare. THAT of course is true, since Spanish Eights (and their denominations) were in use for centuries even by other nations. But Spanish coins were not the only ones found on Whydah. Coins from several kingdoms were recovered, since Whydah did not confine its captures to Spanish treasure galleons. When the museum is open (mid April to the end of October) we display about 100 coins of various denominations. We have a few more on display in our National Geographic touring exhibit "REAL PIRATES". The rest are kept in a bank vault. Although our dive team brings up more every year. They are in marvelous condition having been 10 to 50 feet under the sand, under 16 to 30 feet of ocean for, well, as of next April it will be 300 years. Coins made for Spain by Central/South American Native slaves were (usually) Potasi silver and have fascinating shapes, including square, triangular, diamond, trapezoidal, and teardrop. Some, which were part of a special minting, are in the shape of a heart. All of the tens of thousands of coins recovered are minted pre-1717, a large amount from the 1600s, so these coins stayed in circulation for quite some time.

TreasureDave... are you in Hollywood Florida? As I write this I'm in Fort Lauderdale for Winter, around the corner from the MaiKai Polynesian Tiki Room. Lived in Hollywood for many years.
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Yes, I live in south Florida and have been here since the 1960's. You are 7 miles from my location. Good to converse with shipwreck enthusiast. I have been collecting and diving most of my adult life. I have been fortunate to have collected a Whydah coin for my personal collection in the past. Sometimes heirs of the original investors don't have any interest in them. I guess sometimes apples fall well away from the tree. I would never sell the coin, it only fills a void in my collection.When I am old and frail and somehow loose my life interest in shipwreck, I would have no problem selling it to merely recover the price I paid. I would consider selling back to the Whydah foundation if they were interested. If I did sell, it would only be to another shipwreck enthusiast like myself. Fear not, these coins are not being purchased by uncaring people, they are being purchased to be revered in collections by people who cherish the history. If someone pays a big money for a coin from the Whydah, they are buying not for the value of the coin but buying to hold a piece of history. I feel the tragic part is if the heirs of such coins would dispose of the coins to be lost to history. The story about the Whydah fascinates me to no end. I dream about a chance to dive the Whydah someday. I have dove many wrecks and have enjoyed the thrill of the hunt. You should feel very proud to have been a part of their quest.   
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p.s., These coins are rare to the marketplace, that we agree. But since the Clifford team has located tens of thousands, and may reach hundreds of thousands, they are not rare as coinage. Some say Atocha coins are rare. At any time e-bay lists several hundred on a daily basis. They are not rare to the marketplace nor to the ship they were found on.If Mr. Clifford released them to the public from the museums, they would pepper the auctions sites as do the Atocha Margarita, 1715 and 1733 fleet and other shipwrecks. Most of these wrecks were located by struggling salvers and had to sell to make payroll. Mr. Clifford was fortunate enough not to struggle to support his dreams. It is refreshing to see the Whydah coins are being kept, for the most part, together for all to enjoy in the future.
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