1715 Fleet Presentation for the George Washington Numismatic Association

Personal note: Recently I was invited to give a presentation to the members of the George Washington Numismatic Association (GWNA) in the nearby community of Washington, Pa. Founded in 1960, the Association is one of the oldest numismatic organizations in area.  The group is presided over by Thomas Uram (Fleet Society member # 23) who is also a member, and former Chairman, of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). The CCAC was established in 2003 by Congress to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on the themes and designs of all US coins.

The focus of the presentation (after providing some historical context) was the numismatic significance of the coins recovered from the wreck sites of the 1715 Fleet. A number of coins and other artifacts were made available for all to see and examine as well as large poster sized images of gold and silver coins.  A lively discussion took place after the 30 minute presentation.

This presentation was in keeping with the Fleet Society’s educational mission. Other presentations are currently being arranged.

Ben Costello


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