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DATELINE: Sebastian, Florida

News of last Saturday’s discovery of 48 gold coins from the 1715 Fleet wreck site near Sebastian has sparked renewed interest in this unfortunate maritime disaster. This event has also promoted public awareness of the upcoming 300th anniversary of the sinking of this doomed fleet. Promoting public awareness of this event is one of the

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DATELINE: Sebastian, Florida, The McLarty Treasure Museum

If you find yourself traveling along the East coast of Florida this summer you might want to stop in Sebastian, Florida and pay a visit to the McLarty Treasure Museum. The Museum is located at Sebastian Inlet State Park between Melbourne Beach and Vero Beach, Florida. It is a National Historic Landmark built on the

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DATELINE: Washington, Pennsylvania

The Fleet Society is pleased to announce that it’s website is now linked to COINWeek. Please see our previous posting of March 15, 2013 for details. For more information about our posting on COINWeek click here.  Also please see the new addition to our Archives…, The Real Eight Company Collection of Gold Cobs. This is

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DATELINE: Washington, Pennsylvania

Today marks the second anniversary of the introduction of the 1715 Fleet Society website. Last year we highlighted our accomplishments during our first year. Since then our Research Collection of Mexican and Peruvian cobs has almost doubled. As promised we continue to work towards publishing a Collectors Guide with special attention to the proper grading

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DATELINE: Washington, Pennsylvania

If you have not had a chance to check out our Research Collection lately you might want to take a look. Recently we added a number of new coins to our collection. The Research Collection is intended to be a source of information for 1715 Fleet cob collectors. If you have any coins that you

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DATELINE: Washington, Pennsylvania

Author Douglas R. Armstrong has published yet another wonderful book that is a must read for all 1715 Fleet historians. “The Winter Beach Salvage Camp” outlines the report prepared by Mr. Armstrong for Florida’s Bureau of Archaeological Research regarding a salvage camp which he located and cataloged. The book is illustrated and is extremely interesting.

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DATELINE: Washington, Pennsylvania

The Fleet Society is pleased to announce that it’s website will soon be linked to COINWeek. COINWeek is the most advanced independent on-line media source for print and video rare coin and currency news; with analysis and information contributed by leading experts across the numismatic spectrum. COINWeek maintains the largest numismatic video library accessible on

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DATELINE: Washington, Pennsylvania

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!  Mug #4 in our series of eight Commemorative Mugs is in production.   This mug features several silver eight reales from El Peru with an antique map of Florida as the background. To view our Commemorative Mugs 1 through 3, (which are available for sale through this website), click here.  Mug #4 should

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DATELINE: Washington, Pennsylvania

This is a post script to the post FUN Show update that I reported on January 16, 2013. The following group of pictures were taken at the FUN Show between January 10 – 13, 2013.  Wide angle view of the 1715 Fleet Society table at the January 2013 FUN Show. Notice the displays as well as

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DATELINE: Vero Beach, Florida

This is a personal post FUN Show update from Ben Costello, 1715 Fleet Society. This was the second year that the 1715 Fleet Society hosted an informational table at the recent FUN Show in Orlando, Florida (January 10-13, 2013). Many interested attendees visited our table to obtain informational literature and see the displays that were

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DATELINE: Orlando, FL

Greetings. In just a few weeks the Florida United Numismatists will host its 58th Annual Convention at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The show will run from January 10-13, 2013. Like last year, The 1715 Fleet Society will sponsor a table (544) where eager volunteers will be available to answer questions and distribute

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DATELINE: Washington, PA

Special Announcement! Today is a very special day.  We have exactly 1000 days left until the 300th Anniversary of the 1715 Fleet Disaster which will occur on July 31, 2015. The 1715 Fleet Society began its efforts to commemorate the 300th Anniversary in 2008.  It started with a small group of dedicated volunteers determined to

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DATELINE: Washington, PA

Visitors to our website are aware of our “Treasure of the Month” which is located on our calendar page. Inasmuch as October is the month of mystery (Halloween) we decided to feature a mystery item as this months treasure. You can view this mystery object by clicking here. In keeping with our mystery theme we

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DATELINE: 1715 Fleet Wreck Site, Somewhere Off the East Coast of Florida

Mike Brown with his unique find July 3rd 2012 While diving in early July 2012, Gold Hound partner/diver Mike Brown had a great week, recovering approximately 38 1715 Fleet artifacts, including a beautiful, perfectly intact silver buckle, a floral-carved silver sewing thimble, and a new first; what appears to be a solid quartz crystal carved

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DATELINE: Treasure Coast, Florida

Fleet Day 2012 “The Day After” Ralph Curnow 2008 As Ralph Curnow’s painting vividly reminds us, the morning of July 31st, 1715, revealed the aftermath of a terrible tragedy. 297 years ago today wrecked ships and exhausted survivors were strewn along 25 miles of Florida’s beaches. Survivors faced the immediate challenges of a castaway’s life

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DATELINE: Washington, Pennsylvania

This month (July 31st) marks the 297th Anniversary of the loss of the 1715 Plate Fleet. However, and most ironically, July 31st marks another Fleet related anniversary. For more information concerning this historic event go to our Articles Link and enjoy the story.

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DATELINE: Washington, Pennsylvania

May was an exciting month for the 1715 Fleet Society.We were contacted by two website visitors who have private collections of jewelry and other fleet related artifacts. These seldom seen items were made available to us for personal inspection. I made a trip to the Midwest last month to see one of these collections.  The

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DATELINE: Washington, Pennsylvania

Today marks the second anniversary of the death of my friend and mentor, Lou Ullian.  Lou was an inspiration and a great source of information about the 1715 Fleet.  Just prior to his death, I was fortunate enough to secure his journal which contained information that he gathered over years of salvaging the 1715 wrecks. 

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DATELINE: Washington, PA.

Today is the first anniversary of the 1715 Fleet Society website. Much more is coming in the next three years, we promise, but we have not been idle this first year. “Well begun is half done” said Ben Franklin.Several pages of the website already contain important material. In the Photo Gallery, we have begun to

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