The silver and gold coins valued at $500 million that Odyssey Marine recovered from the wreck of the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes have now been flown to Spain. American courts ruled that the coins had been removed illegally and that they were Spanish property by treaty. Odyssey and Spain were not, however, the only parties to lawsuits over the treasure. The government of Peru along with 17 families in Peru and Columbia, who are descendants of the original owners of the cargo, are also claiming a share. The silver and gold were mined in Peru and Colombia, and the coins were struck at a mint in Lima. Spain has rejected their claims.
Cecilia Rodriguez, writing in Forbes sums it up nicely: To many in Colombia and Peru, this is yet another story of robbers robbing robbers, plunderers plundering the plunder of other plunderers.