Ben Costello

Ben Costello is a director of the 1715 Fleet Society and an attorney in Washington, PA. His full bio can be found here.

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From the Fleet Society Archives — March 1961

On March 17, 1961, this letter was sent to Kip Wagner from Mendel L. Peterson of the Smithsonian Institution. Wagner had sent a group of coins to Peterson of the Smithsonian Institution. Mendel Peterson was an underwater archaeologist and curator at the Smithsonian Institution. He was considered to be a pioneer in the area of …

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From the Fleet Society Archives — September 1964

In September 1964 this article appeared in the Star Tallahassee Bureau: Treasure hunters in Florida waters are not only recovering Spanish gold and silver but are now finding American gold from an unknown source. Some 300 pieces of American gold coins, many in $20.00 denomination and less, have been found off the Atlantic coast near …

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Plus Ultra Cover Coin – 3rd Quarter 2015

In cooperation with the 1715 Fleet Society and its 300th Anniversary Commemoration of the loss of this famous Spanish fleet, Cover Coins, whenever possible over recent issues, have been selected from the Society’s website study set. BUT…in a stroke of luck during “Commemoration Week” on the Treasure Coast, Brent Brisben, co-founder of 1715 Fleet—Queen’s Jewels, …

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American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Day 1

Today was Day 1 of the World’s Fair of Money here in Chicago. The feature of the day was the S.S. Central America Exhibit of Non-Numismatic Artifacts sponsored by Holabird Western Americana Collections. A special video was prepared by the American Numismatic Association which can be accessed HERE. Here are some images of the exhibit …

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Talk Featured at the George Washington Numismatic Association

As Fleet Society President I am often asked to give a presentation to members of local numismatic clubs and organizations. Last Thursday, August 11, I was invited to give a talk to the George Washington Numismatic Association here in nearby Washington, Pa. The Association’s President, Tom Uram (who is also a Fleet Society member) introduced …

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From the Fleet Society Archives — June 22, 1965

On Tuesday, June 22, 1965 this entry appeared in a journal kept by Real Eight Company member Louis J. Ullian from the Cabin Wreck site: 10 – Large silver disks weight 50 to 70 pounds each. 9 – Silver wedges. 3 – 68 pound silver coin clumps. 4 – 4,000 silver cob coins loose, good condition. Iron artifacts. Pottery …

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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 …

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