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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

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May 2012 Treasure of the Month

“THE GREATEST COIN RECOVERED FROM THE 1715 FLEET” Mr. and Mrs. Lucky had been coming to Florida’s Treasure Coast for a few years, and they dabbled in a pastime here known as metal-detecting. Escaping the

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DATELINE: West Palm Beach, Florida

Recently a visitor to our website sent us a mysterious photograph of what he called a “1715 Cookie”.At first sight it was not clear what this object was. Our visitor indicated that there was a

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The 1715 Fleet Society wishes to launch a discussion on grading Spanish Colonial cobs. This, our first sailing on the stormy sea of grading, will focus specifically on grading Mexican silver cobs (1536-1733). Other mints

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DATELINE: Madrid, Spain

A dean of Spanish numismatics, Senor Rafael Tauler Fesser, has at last committed his lifetime of study to print in a magnificent new book, ORO MACUQUINO, Catalogo Imperio Espanol 1474 a 1756. In 571 pages illustrated with

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April 2012 Treasure of the Month

Without the recoveries from the 1715 Fleet, our knowledge of Carlos II (1666-1700) Lima escudos would be minimal and fragmentary. Here is a great example. Before 1964 no Lima four escudos were known for most

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DATELINE: Sebastian, Florida

Here is a recent item sent to us by our friend Mike Brown regarding a very special day in his life. We should all be so lucky. A DAY TO REMEMBERSebastian, FL March 3, 2012.

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DATELINE: New Iberia, Louisiana

Back by popular demand!  The 1715 Fleet Society is happy to report that the new revised edition of the “The Treasure Fleet of 1715: Search for the Queen’s Jewels” by professional marine archaeologist Robert F.

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Pelican of Piety

DATELINE: Vero Beach, Florida

Today we contacted Captain Bonnie Schubert. Bonnie is the treasure salvor who in the summer of 2010 recovered this magnificent Gold Pelican. Bonnie skippered the “Gold Hawg” and was working the Douglass Beach site as

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March 2012 Treasure of the Month

It was in the early afternoon of a June day in 1967 that John de Bry found his first significant artifact to date, a silver-gilded miniature urn. The gilding was still visible in places, with

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

The January 2012 FUN Show saw the first publications from the 1715 Fleet Society. Collectors of Fleet memorabilia take note! Two modest but attractive (if we may say) booklets were available at our table. The

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

This is a personal post-FUN Show update from Ben Costello, 1715 Fleet Society. After attending the FUN Show, I spent several weeks traveling around the state of Florida. I met and interviewed people associated with

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February 2012 Treasure of the Month

February’s treasure of the month is a forty-coin clump of eight reales. This fist-size clump is solid and quite impressive in its color and composition. The coins appear to be full weight and largely uncorroded.

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

Officially launched on May 1st, 2011, the 1715 Fleet Society made its first sailing at the FUN show in Orlando, January 5- 8, 2012. At the 1715 Fleet Society table were Ben Costello, Phil Flemming,

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

The 1715 Fleet Society will have a table at the FUN Show in Orlando, January 5th through the 8th. Our table number is 544. Please visit us if you happen to be at the FUN

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January 2012 Treasure of the Month

This month’s featured offering is a rare 1715 Fleet coin with political significance. It is the only surviving gold coin struck by the Lima mint in 1701 in the name of Philip V. The reference

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December 2011 Treasure of the Month

December’s Treasure of the Month is a nice cache of gold and jewelry from the 1715 Fleet. The gold coins, fresh from the sea, still exhibit ocean deposits. The jewelry, although quite old, shows no

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Karl H. Goodpaster Slide Presentation

Karl H. Goodpaster was a conservator for the Real Eight Company. In the 1960’s he developed a presentation that included a slide show. What follows is that presentation including his slides which have been digitally

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

On January 5th 2012 the Florida United Numismatists will kick off it’s 57th Annual Convention at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida. The 1715 Fleet Society has arranged for an informational booth to be

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