Kip Wagner, founder of the Real Eight Company, dies at the age of 66.
The recent ANA Show in Chicago saw a number of Fleet Society members in attendance. In addition to Fleet Society Director John Pullin (a.k.a. Santa Fe Santa), Tom Uram (Member #23) and Bob Evans (Member #78), were present. Tom, who is President of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) and a member of the Citizens …
The crew of the salvage vessel Defiance finds a large “rosary” composed of a six-inch by nine-inch medallion-and-chain cross with sixty inches of heavy gold chain. Douglass Beach Wreck site, Ft. Pierce, Florida.
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.
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
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 …
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.
Opening reception for the Real Eight Company’s first museum at the First National Bank in Satellite Beach, Florida
The Treaty of Ultrecht formally concludes hostilities between Spain and Britain, thus permitting the treasure fleets to sail again.
Marie Louise of Savoy, first wife of Philip V, dies at the age of 26.
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 …
For those of you who visited our table at the FUN Show two weeks ago you may have noticed some newly designed Fleet Society clothing. We took this opportunity to introduce a new clothing line that we were considering. We concluded that the FUN Show might be a good venue to show off some of …
February 26th, 1972 Kip Wagner, founder of the Real Eight Company and largely responsible for the modern day recovery of the treasures of the 1715 Fleet, dies at the age of 66.
February 17th – 19th 1977. The final major sale of 1715 Fleet gold (328 gold coins in all), takes place at the Bowers and Ruddy Galleries in Los Angeles.
303rd Anniversary of the loss of the 1715 Fleet.
The Real Eight Company finds a second nearly intact treasure chest containing silver coins at the Cabin Wreck site, near Sebastian, Florida.
The “Tricentennial Royal” and over 50 other gold coins are found by the Schmitt Family near Fort Pierce, Florida.
During the War of Spanish Succession a British Captain ambushes a Spanish Treasure Fleet. During the engagement the Spanish vessel San Jose was sunk off the coast of Cartagena, Columbia. The ship was laden with gold, silver and emeralds with a current value of $17 billion dollars.
Members of the 1715 Fleet Society are now able to acquire membership shirts to promote their membership in the Society. These shirts are of top quality and prominently feature the special Fleet Society membership logo. These shirts were first offered to members in a pre-production advance order in August, 2017. Those members that responded will …