American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money

Over the years it has become apparent that Fleet Society members have a wide variety of interests especially when it comes to shipwrecks. To satisfy these interests we will occasionally post stories about other shipwrecks that are in the news.

In about a week from now (August 16) the American Numismatic Society will open its World’s Fair of Money Show in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois. The show will run from August 16-20.

One of the central features of the show will be a display of historic California Gold Rush-era sunken treasure artifacts from the S.S. Central America (S.S.C.A.) which were lost in a massive hurricane in 1857. Many of these items have been in storage since they were first recovered in the 1980s.

In addition to the many artifacts on display will be “NEMO”, the remotely operated vehicle that was used to locate and recover many of the artifacts that will be on display.

We wanted to make all of our members aware of this unique opportunity to experience firsthand these incredible artifacts. Also, you will be able to meet Fleet Society member Bob Evans (# 78), who was the Chief Scientist and Historian of the S.S.C.A. Project and personally curated the treasure found at the wreck site. Bob will also be one of our main speakers at the 1715 Fleet Society Conference to be held in Vero Beach later in October. At the conference, he will present a fantastic lecture on “Shipwrecks As Time Capsules”. If you have not signed up for our conference please consider doing so. You can access ticket information here.

Ben Costello, President

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