Carol Tedesco has provided consultation services for Odyssey Marine Exploration since 2008, primarily in her capacity as a Spanish Colonial coin expert. Although there are other knowledgeable numismatists in the field, one of the reasons Odyssey chose to work with Carol is her vast experience in multiple areas of the historic shipwreck industry, which gives her knowledge a depth, breadth, and context that no other coin expert possesses.
Carol has provided a variety of valuable services to Odyssey over the years. She created a dedicated database for coins from the Portuguese shipwreck Sao Jose, which was designed to track particular features and characteristics. This not only increased our information base, it also enhanced the collection’s potential value. Carol served as a spokesperson for the Sao Jose collection, conversing with and educating the media and public across the United States about the history of Portuguese and Spanish colonial trade and the 17th century seafaring world.
Carol was an expert witness for Odyssey in the “Black Swan” case, analyzing and preparing a report on the coins recovered from the site, in relation to the shipping routes of the time, and the location and conditions in which the coins were discovered.
Carol recently completed a professional paper, "The Deep-Sea Tortugas Shipwreck, Florida (1622): the Silver Coins," for "Oceans Odyssey 3," a compendium of papers on artifacts recovered from the deep-water wreck. She also provided fact-checking and editing to other authors contributing to the collection.
Carol performs her work faithfully, industriously and with meticulous attention to detail and sensitivity to the cultural importance of the artifacts. She is held in very high regard within Odyssey and within the international historic shipwreck industry.
Mark D. Gordon
Odyssey Marine Exploration