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.

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Cover Coin - Plus Ultra 4th Quarter 2015 Optimized

Plus Ultra Cover Coin – 4th Quarter 2015

In cooperation with the 1715 Fleet Society and its 300th Anniversary Commemoration of the loss of this famous Spanish fleet, Cover Coins, whenever possible over recent issues, have been selected from the Society’s website study set. BUT…in another stroke of luck following “Commemoration Week” on the Treasure Coast, Brent Brisben, co-founder of 1715 Fleet—Queen’s Jewels, LLC, announced …

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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 the “Kip Wagner-documented” coins …

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Plus Ultra Cover Coin 1st Quarter 2015

Plus Ultra Cover Coin – 1st Quarter 2015

In cooperation with the 1715 Fleet Society and its 300th Anniversary Commemoration of the loss of this famous Spanish fleet, Cover Coins, whenever possible over this and the next three issues, will be selected from the Society’s website study set. Next up is this ruggedly handsome piece-of-eight minted at the Mexico City facility and described …

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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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Plus Ultra Cover Coin - Fourth Quarter 2014

Plus Ultra Cover Coin – Fourth Quarter 2014

This ruggedly handsome piece-of-eight was minted at the Mexico City facility. It’s a full date 1715 Mexico Eight Reales. 25.8 grams. Full and complete ‘OMJ’. All digits of date visible but not complete. Approximately 40% of shield visible … and extremely strong. Obverse hammer marks quite distinct, with one blunted corner visible. The blunted corner …

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1715 Fleet Society Cover Coin 2016 Fun Show

Plus Ultra Cover Coin – Fourth Quarter 2016

To wrap up this year’s issues, I thought it would be appropriate to pose two of the 2016 newsmakers as our Cover Coin(s) this time. From the State of Florida’s Collection of treasure coins recovered from the 1715 Plate Fleet come these two fully-dated pieces, which are displayed on the 1715 Fleet Society web site …

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1715 Fleet Society Cover Coin Feature Image - 2014-4

Plus Ultra Cover Coin – Third Quarter 2014

In cooperation with the 1715 Fleet Society and its 300th Anniversary Commemoration of the loss of this famous Spanish fleet, Cover Coins, whenever possible over the next six issues, will be selected from the Society’s website study set. First up is this ruggedly handsome piece-of-eight minted at the Potosí facility and described on the 1715FleetSociety.com …

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1715 Cover Coin - Second Quarter 2015

Plus Ultra Cover Coin – Second Quarter 2015

In cooperation with the 1715 Fleet Society and its 300th Anniversary Commemoration of the loss of this famous Spanish fleet, Cover Coins, whenever possible over this and the remaining issues, will be selected from the Society’s website study set. Next up is this ruggedly handsome piece-of-eight minted at the Mexico City facility and described on …

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