Spain investigating discovery of shipwreck coins

MADRID, Spain - The Spanish government is investigating whether a crime was committed by a Tampa company that said it had found $500 million worth of coins in an Atlantic Ocean shipwreck, according to Sunday news reports.

Odyssey Marine Exploration, based in Tampa, revealed on Friday they had found hundreds of thousands of colonial-era silver and gold coins in the wreck, but didn’t release details about the ship or the wreck site, citing security concerns.

The Culture Ministry said it found it “suspicious” that the company wouldn’t release those details, the national news agency Efe reported.

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