There are only three existing clumps of Taj Mahal treasure, and two are in museums. This is the kind of thing that you read about in books. Books have been published about this! I can hardly believe it, but this is real.
- Fact 1: Coin clumps are the rare, well-preserved remains of bags of coins left on the seafloor. When the sacks deteriorate, the coins stay fused in a clump.
- Fact 2: Sir Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote "2001: A Space Odyssey," also wrote two books documenting his discovery of the Sri Lanka sunken treasure.
- Fact 3: Three clumps of coins were originally salvaged from the shipwreck, but one was lost in the tsunami that hit Sri Lanka in 2004. Now only two clumps remain.
- Fact 4: These coins are silver, not copper or bronze, which suggests that they belonged to nobility. Research shows that the wreck did indeed belong to the Mughal Prince, Aurangzeb.
- Fact 5: The coins are in such pristine condition because they landed alongside a cannon on the ocean floor. Because iron oxidizes faster than silver, the cannon deteriorated instead.