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History of the Real Eight Through Documents and Letters Updated

In 2011 we began writing the history of the Real 8 Company using contemporaneous letters, pictures and documents. Over the years we have continued to update the history with additional information as that information was acquired. Recently, we added new material to our Real Eight story which we encourage you to access. Specifically, this new

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May 2020 Treasure of the Month

Our featured Treasure of the Month for May is this nifty 12 coin aggregate (informally referred to as a “clump”) consisting of silver reales from the Spanish colonial mint at Mexico City. The clump has dimensions of approximately 3 inches long by 2 inches high by 1+1/4 inches wide and weighs in at 340.1 grams.

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April 24th, 2020. One Person’s Brush With History

The other day, I received an e mail from Dr. Guy Rowinski who related to me a very interesting story about a life changing event that he experienced as a young man visiting Florida in 1969. Here is his story in his own words: “I was a classmate at a university in Ohio with the

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April 14th, 2020: Good Friday in Western Pennsylvania

Here is an image of my front yard a few days ago on Good Friday. The weather in this part of the country can be extremely variable as can be seen in this scene. A few days before this picture was taken it was 70 degrees. Next week I will be mowing the lawn. But,

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1715 Fleet Society Website Analytics

Greetings 1715 Fleet Society members and enthusiasts! This is Craig Grella, web admin. Ben Costello asked me to send a quick note with the updated website analytics. I’ve been managing the technical aspects of the website for just over five years now and it’s been amazing to see how the site has grown in that

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April 2020 Treasure of the Month

The Treasure of the Month for April is this small group of gold Mexico eight escudos from the State of Florida Collection. What makes this group so special is the very odd shape portrayed in each coin. While odd and unusual shapes are not uncommon in coins from the Mexico City mint, these examples are

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Florida History in 3D

Florida History in 3D

Greetings. We have just added another item to our home page featured content area: Florida History in 3D. It’s an impressive website with quality images and interesting textual material. This is a great adjunct to our educational efforts, especially since the featured artifacts are things that tell us something about the people of that era

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Meet Our New Director, Jorge Proctor

Please join me in welcoming our newest director of the Fleet Society, Jorge Proctor. The Society is extremely honored that Jorge has agreed to become a director. Jorge Proctor was born in Panama City, Republic of Panama, in 1971. After graduating from St. Mary’s School, he was enlisted in the United States Navy in March

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March 20, 2020 Food For Thought

Twenty years have passed since the beginning of the new millennium.  They have been an exceptional twenty years. We entered the 21st century with the fear that our entire computer infrastructure would collapse (known as Y2k). As a result there was propagated the belief that computers would fail. In the months and years leading up to

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March 2020 Treasure of the Month

Our Treasure of the Month for March is this bowlful of eight reales recently purchased from the Bruce Ward Estate. These reales are all uncleaned, encrusted and have that ”fresh from the sea” appearance. Some are fused together into two and three coin “clumps”. The plate (or as I call it a bowl) is pewter

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1715 Fleet Society Conference - Cuba Map

Cuba Conference Update – February 9, 2020

For all of you going, or thinking of going to our conference next month in Cuba, please access the link below for some information about traveling to Cuba. For information about the conference, please contact ASC International USA at 813-319-7095. Many thanks to Fleet Society member Allen Balogh (Member #37) for providing this information to

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