Salvage firm returns 200-year-old coins to Spain

11 Jun 2012 11:05 AM | Anonymous

Salvage firm returns 200-year-old coins to Spain

Monday, June 11, 2012

Before dawn on Feb. 16, a semitrailer truck left a secret, well-protected compound outside Sarasota, Fla., loaded with nearly 9 tons of 200-year-old silver coins.

Three U.S. marshals and a security detail hired by the government of Spain guarded the truck on its 60-mile drive to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. There, airmen unloaded it so the truck could return to Sarasota for the rest of the coins. In all, 17 tons of coins, packed into 551 white plastic buckets, were transferred to two Spanish C130 Hercules military planes. The planes took off the next afternoon and arrived at the Torrejon Air Base in Madrid 28 hours later.

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