June 26, 1967. Real Eight Company divers find a nearly intact treasure chest containing silver coins. A similar chest was previously found in 1965, both at the Cabin Wreck site, near Sebastian, Florida.
Many of our members and website visitors are also members of the American Numismatic Society (ANA). The ANA is holding an election for officers who will be installed at the ANA’s 128th Anniversary Convention in Chicago on August 16, 2019. If you have not yet voted (voting ends on June 30) we urge you to support […]
As a follow up to my April 30th, 2019 post regarding the Bruce Ward Estate, I managed to receive a small sampling of the coins that will become available in the upcoming auction of Estate Fleet items. The auction itself has not yet been scheduled, but it is anticipated to take place within the next […]
Recently, we were contacted by a number of individuals who have expressed an interest in attending our third International Conference on the 1715 Fleet, which is currently being planned for Havana, Cuba in 2020. They were concerned about whether the recently imposed new travel restrictions instituted by the U.S. government would affect our plan to […]
June 8, 1708. British captain ambushes Spanish Treasure Fleet during War of Spanish Succession. The San Jose, one of the richest ships in the fleet with 7 to 11 million pesos on board, is lost.
Every so often we feature an item as our monthly treasure that is not particularly unique or special but is noteworthy because it has a story to tell. Our Treasure of the Month for June is such an item. Although a beautiful coin, this undated Mexico four escudos is not by any stretch of the […]
May 24, 1964 Mel Fisher finds “carpet of gold”. 1,033 gold coins discovered at the Douglass Beach wreck site, near Fort Pierce, Florida.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit the Whydah Museum located at W. Yarmouth, Massachusetts. For those who may not know what this is, the Museum is the repository of artifacts recovered from the only documented pirate ship ever salvaged. This is a one of a kind exhibit and the only place in […]
May 10, 1961 Articles of Incorporation filed by the Real Eight Company.
May 1, 1965 The Real Eight Company opens their “Museum of Sunken Treasure” in Satellite Beach, Florida. The museum was later removed to a larger facility in Cape Canaveral in 1968.
As a follow up to the recent post regarding the death of Bruce Ward, I have been given permission to provide the following additional information. The auction house handling the estate is Cargile Auctions, Searcy, Arkansas. They have a post listed about the Bruce Ward Estate which provides some details about what the estate consists […]
Our Treasure of the Month for May is an authentic Spanish eight reales coin from the colonial mint at Mexico City encased in a block of Lucite. Weighing in at 131.25 grams, our treasure is 3” x 2” x 1” and is totally cocooned in hard, clear plastic, embossed near the top of one side […]
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