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1715 Fleet Society - Coin World July 2021 Cover - Lost Treasure Ships

Coin World Article Features Lost and Found Treasure Ships

The July 2021 edition of Coin World Magazine (on sale until August 9) features a very interesting article on Lost and Found Treasure Ships including the 1715 Fleet. Written for Coin World by Gerald Tebben, the article focuses on coins recovered from various shipwrecks and discusses grading of shipwreck coins, valuation, auctions, salvage stories, and

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Douglass Wreck Site

Surprising New Evidence on the Douglass Beach Wreck

Fleet Society Director and archival research expert Jorge Proctor recently authored an article titled The Nuestra Señora de las Nieves and the Douglass Beach wreck-site, which offers new evidence as the actual name of the remains of the ship located there. Supported by research, Jorge presents a compelling argument that the Douglass Beach Wreck, long identified as the Nuestra Señora de las Nieves y las

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My Treasure Story by Alex Kuze

One of the most iconic artifacts ever recovered from the wreck of the 1715 Fleet was not found through the efforts of a major salvaging company or by a well-known treasure hunter. Rather, it was found quite accidentally by a person who never even heard of the 1715 Fleet and whose main interest was surfing

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1703 H Lima 8 Escudos

A Census of 1703 H Lima 8 Escudos

Greetings. One of our undertakings here at the Fleet Society is to carry out original research into anything Fleet related. In that regard, I would like to present a recent article written by Fleet Society Director and Academic Coordinator for the Society, Phil Flemming. Phil is a recognized expert in gold coinage of the Fleet

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Gold Coins found by Dan Porter

A Tale of Spanish Doubloons

One of my ongoing projects as a Director of the Fleet Society is to catalogue the many archival documents that I have acquired over the years. Although I enjoy this aspect of my job very much, I find that the responsibilities of my full time job often interfere with cataloguing duties. But, when I do

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An Alternative Explanation for an Iconic Artifact

Within the State of Florida’s archaeological collection there resides an unusual and rare artifact, catalog number 93 A. 673. 000103. 0001, lab tag 6458, with the designation “bone toothpick”. It was received into the State’s collection in 1993 after being found at the site number 8SL – 00017, the Douglas Beach Wreck, part of the

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One Day of Hunting Treasure

Walt Holzworth was a Pennsylvania Dutch farmer who relocated to California to work in the construction industry. Eventually, he ended up a full-time treasure hunter. He made his first dive in 1963 at the age of 52. His wife Shirley authored this narrative describing a day in the life of a treasure hunter. The actual

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Some Highlights of the Florida Collection

“The Earliest Lima 8 Escudos in the Florida Collection” This post is the second in a series that will explore some of the highlights of the magnificent Florida State Collection of Spanish Colonial artifacts and coins. The Lima mint began striking a gold coinage in August of 1696, almost a decade after permission for a

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Clausen Report

In the summer of 1964, Mel Fisher working through a contract with the Real Eight Corporation, located and salvaged a tremendous treasure consisting of thousands of gold coins and priceless artifacts. This wreck site was surveyed, analyzed, and reduced to a report by archaeologist Carl J Clausen, who was representing the State of Florida. More

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Numismatic Legacy of the 1715 Plate Fleet

This article, by Phil Flemming and Ben Costello, was published in the January 2015 edition of The Numismatist, and the full text of the article is included below. Three hundred years ago, a Spanish treasure fleet was lost in the waters off Florida’s eastern coast. Over the last five decades, salvage operations on known wreck

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DATELINE: Ft. Pierce, Florida

The latest edition of Indian River Magazine, published by a locally owned company based in Ft. Pierce, Florida, has just released its Holiday 2014 Edition featuring a multi-page article on the 300th Anniversary of the 1715 Fleet Disaster. Written by Rick Crary, the article features a brief history of the 1715 Fleet supplemented with numerous

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1701 Gold Escudo Hybrid of Santa Fe from 1715 Fleet

by Herman Blanton The “171S Fleet-Queens Jewels, LLC” treasure salvage operations recovered a cache of gold escudos on 13-July-2013 on a site called “Corrigans” at Sebastian Inlet near Wabasso Beach, Fl. Other artifacts including a silver spoon, olive jar pottery shards, musket balls and spikes were found in the vicinity. About a week later three

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Treasure Rediscovered

by John de Bry This past summer I had gone down to Juno Beach, Florida, to go out on a boat owned by a company involved in the commercial salvage of historic shipwrecks. The purpose of my visit was to check out their operations and to make sure they were following the State of Florida

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Literature About the 1715 Fleet and the Coins Salvaged

Literature About the 1715 Fleet and the Coins Salvaged by Dave Crooks Introduction Much has been written about the 1715 Fleet since the wrecks were discovered by Kip Wagner and the Real Eight Company in 1965. Both popular and scholarly publications have been produced, ranging from articles and pamphlets to full-length books. This list includes

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A 1715 Lima Eight Escudos from the Fleet?

The Holy Grail of Fleet Collectors by Ben Costello They say a picture is worth a thousand words. They also say pictures do not lie. But try telling that to anyone who has ever snapped a photo of a UFO – or Bigfoot. Oftentimes a picture ignites a mystery and starts a controversy, leaving more

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December 1964 edition of The Saturday Evening Post

December 1964 edition of The Saturday Evening Post. Text reprinted with the permission of The Saturday Evening Post. Photographs provided by the 1715 Fleet Society.Note that the text for this article is rather small due to the archival nature of the article and website limitations.

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1715 Glory Hole!

by Ernie Richards Fleet Day this year, July 31st, will mark the 297th anniversary of the tragic loss of the 1715 Plate Fleet along Florida’s east coast. Exactly twenty years ago, July 31st, 1992, Captain Stephen Shouppé was celebrating Fleet Day by diving on a still unidentified Fleet site known as the Cannon Pile Wreck.

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The Salvaged Treasure Fleet of 1715

This article reproduced from the Bowers and Ruddy Auction Catalog, The Harold A. Blauvelt, Iberoamerican and 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet Collections, public auction sale February 17-19, 1977

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