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Ben Costello

April 2019 Treasure of the Month

March 31, 2019 | 0

Our Treasure of the Month for April is something that has never been photographed before and is likely never to be photographed again. It is a neatly stacked group of gold Royals from the Spanish colonial mint at Mexico City. These specially struck coins are on broad, thin, round planchets. The legends are complete and […]

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An Alternative Explanation for an Iconic Artifact

March 20, 2019 | 0

Within the State of Florida’s archaeological collection there resides an unusual and rare artifact, catalog number 93 A. 673. 000103. 0001, lab tag 6458, with the designation “bone toothpick”. It was received into the State’s collection in 1993 after being found at the site number 8SL – 00017, the Douglas Beach Wreck, part of the […]

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Cuba Conference Update

March 19, 2019 | 0

Greetings. I am updating my last post of December 14, 2018, regarding the 3rd International Conference on the 1715 Fleet, which the Society is currently planning in Havana for 2020. A lot of time and effort has been devoted thus far to making this Conference a reality. As our point man, Dana Reed of ASC […]

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Tom Uram Candidate for ANA VP

March 17, 2019 | 0

Fleet Society member Tom Uram (Member #23, 84 Pennsylvania) has announced his candidacy for Vice President of the American Numismatic Association (ANA). Tom has been instrumental in helping us network with other organizations that have offered support to the Society and its mission. Consequently, we are supporting him in his effort to become the next […]

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DATELINE: West Palm Beach, Florida. New Ernie Richards Publication!

March 5, 2019 | 0

Greetings 1715 Fleet aficionados.  Last October, Fleet Society Director Ernie Richards published five new booklets which seek to identify and explain many of the artifacts (some common) that have been recovered over the years from various 1715 Fleet wreck sites. Just in case these booklets escaped your attention, we thought we would publish this post […]

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March 2019 Treasure of the Month

February 28, 2019 | 0

Our featured treasure for March is part of a group of artifacts that we have featured before. Known as “wedges” these silver items were often smuggled on board the larger, heavily-armed guard galleons as contraband. The pie shaped wedges were arranged in such a way that they could fit tightly in the bottom of a […]

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February 19, 2019 DATELINE: Snohomish, Washington Personal Story by James Mesher

February 19, 2019 | 2

Please permit me to introduce Fleet Society member (#86) James Mesher of Snohomish, Washington. Jim sent me his story of how he first became interested in the 1715 Fleet. Not surprisingly, his story begins with a chance encounter with an article from January 1965 which he saw in National Geographic. But rather than spoil his […]

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This Day in Fleet History

February 15, 2019 | 0

February 15th, 1983. The first edition of the Plus Ultra Newsletter is circulated.

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