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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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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 coin inside.  He was right! Closer examination confirmed that there was a (very corroded) coin at the center of this

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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 and other cob series will be visited in the sequels. We invite collectors of Mexican cobs to take the brief

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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 thousands of color photographs ORO MACUQUINO manages to cover the entire history of Spanish and Spanish Colonial gold cob coinage. No

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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. Following a nearly a two-year long wait, Mike Brown (Gold Hound, LLC partner & diver) was extremely fortunate following the

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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. Westrick is now available through our website. For those of you who visited us at the January 2012 FUN Show

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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 a sub-contractor for 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewel, LLC.  Bonnie, who is a big supporter of the 1715 Fleet Society, talked to

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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 booklet on the left offers a Q & A for people new to the Fleet and its treasures. Look at

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