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This Day in Fleet History – July 24, 1965

July 24, 2020 | 0

The Real Eight Company  finds a rare, almost intact treasure chest containing silver coins. It was the first such chest to be discovered. A second chest was found two years later. Both chests were found at the Cabin Wreck site, near Sebastian, Florida.

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This Day in Fleet History – July 14, 1985

July 14, 2020 | 0

The crew of the salvage vessel Defiance finds a large rosary with sixty inches of heavy gold chain. Douglass Beach Wreck site, Fort Pierce, Florida

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July 2020 Treasure of the Month

June 29, 2020 | 0

Our featured treasure for July is a small but extremely deadly item used by the Spanish and often found on 1715 Fleet wreck sites. Used in close combat, the split shot was an early form of anti-personnel projectile. Made of lead, the split shot looks like a musket ball that has been cut in half […]

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This Day in Fleet History – May 12, 1962

May 12, 2020 | 0

The first auction of Real Eight treasure coins is presented by Henry Christensen in Hoboken, New Jersey. Lot #282, a full date 1712 Mexico eight reales, has the distinction of being the first Mexican Real Eight coin ever auctioned.

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This Day in Fleet History – April 30th, 1965

April 30, 2020 | 0

Opening reception for the Real Eight Company’s first museum at the First National Bank in Satellite Beach, Florida

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This Day in Fleet History – April 11th, 1713

April 11, 2020 | 0

The Treaty of Ultrecht formally concludes hostilities between Spain and Britain, thus permitting the treasure fleets to sail again.

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This Day in Fleet History – February 14th, 1714

February 14, 2020 | 0

Marie Louise of Savoy, first wife of Philip V, dies at the age of 26.

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1715 Fleet Society - Gold Pick

February 2020 Treasure of the Month

January 30, 2020 | 1

Our Treasure of the Month for February is this gold chain and toothpick from the State of Florida Collection. Officially identified as 72A 018 000042 0001, this item was found at the Rio Mar Wreck site just south of Vero Beach, Florida. This toothpick, or “grooming implement” is one of many that have been found […]

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