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This Day in Fleet History – July 24, 1965

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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July 2020 Treasure of the Month

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

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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1715 Fleet Society - Gold Pick

February 2020 Treasure of the Month

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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This Day in Fleet History

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.

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This Day in Fleet History

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.

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This Day in Fleet History

The Real Eight Company finds a second nearly intact treasure chest containing silver coins at the Cabin Wreck site, near Sebastian, Florida.

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This Day in Fleet History

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.

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DATELINE: Washington, Pa. Fleet Society Membership Shirts

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

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FUN Convention

DATELINE: Tampa, Florida  2018 FUN Show.

As usual, the Fleet Society will be making an appearance at the 2018 FUN Show in Tampa, Florida. The Show runs from Thursday, January 4 – Sunday, January7, 2018. This year our table (#1608) will be on the bourse floor in the Foreign and Ancient section.  Previously we were given a free table in the club area.

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June 2017 Treasure of the Month

This month’s featured treasure is appropriate for June, as it was found 26 years ago this month … on June 22nd. This exceptional gold chain was liberated from the seabed by none other than Bob Weller. Known to all as “Frogfoot” (a nickname he was given while serving during the Korean War with Navy Underwater

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