Author: Ernest Richards

Ernest J. Richards, Jr., known as “SeaScribe” since the 1980s, is a native of New London, Connecticut who moved to the West Palm Beach area of Florida to “work in the ocean”. As owner of EN RADA Publications, Ernie wrote several books on “Shipwrecks & Their Coins…” and continued producing the PLVS VLTRA Newsletter until the 135th issue (34 years) in December 2016.

Newsletter

Regular updates from the 1715 Fleet Society

Treasure of the Month

Past and current featured treasures

This Day in Fleet History

Special days of significance to the 1715 Fleet

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The Plus Ultra Cover Coin - 2nd Quarter 2016

Plus Ultra Cover Coin – 2nd Quarter 2016

The previous Cover Coin was an 8-reales which brought a boatload of documentation to its buyer, Ben Costello. The Cover Coin(s) this time have the same provenience but are of a different denomination. Dave Crooks, an attorney and avid coin and book collector from near Chicago, chose to purchase a couple of 4-real pieces from

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1715 Fleet Society Cover Coin Feature Image 2nd Quarter 2010

Plus Ultra Cover Coin – 2nd Quarter 2010

Apparently the successful buyer of this Lima 4E piece (Lot 15) in the recent Sedwick Treasure Auction #7 agreed with its description as the “FINEST KNOWN!” of its type, for it brought down the hammer at $18,400 (15% buyer’s fee included). This is the companion piece to the Lima 8E (Lot 10) from the Frank

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1715 Fleet Society Cover Coin Feature Image - First Quarter 2009

Plus Ultra Cover Coin – First Quarter 2009

In all its “crispness” of strike and “butter gold” beauty, this 27.1 g. piece from the fated Spanish treasure fleet of 1715 must be seen in a color photo or in-person for full appreciation! A fully-dated 1714 8-escudos from the Mexico City mint, its obverse exhibits a full shield, a 99.44% (essentially full) crown, and

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1715 Fleet Society Cover Coin Feature Image 1st QUARTER 2012

Plus Ultra Cover Coin – First Quarter 2012

Tying in our Cover Coin(s) with the debut of the 1715 Fleet Society story, we have selected three dated pieces from the sites of the 1715 Spanish Silver Fleet. These three pieces of gold are scheduled to be auctioned off at Sedwick’s “Treasure and World Coin Auction 11” coming up on April 10-11, 2012 (see

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