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Bruce Ward

Bruce Ward Estate Update: November 13th, 2019

The auction of Fleet related coins and artifacts from the Bruce Ward Estate has begun. To access the auction items, go to the Cargile Auctions website and follow the prompts. If you have any specific questions contact Marco Orozco at 870-974-3684. Ben Costello, Director.

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The gold religious artifact

November 2019 Treasure of the Month

Not long ago our Treasure of the Month for November was quietly resting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. It was recovered from its hiding place on June 4, 2019 by Kenton Dickerson, while working in a nearshore area at the Corrigan’s Beach Wreck site, a few miles north of Vero Beach, Florida. Dickerson

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1715 Fleet Society Conference - Cuba Map

Cuba Conference Update – October 8, 2019

Greetings. Here is the Conference Agenda and Itinerary for the 3rd International Conference on the 1715 Fleet, which is to be held in Havana, Cuba in March, 2020. All those interested should contact ASC International USA for details. Much time and effort has been devoted to making this possible. Please take advantage of this unique

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Treasure Coast Historical Film Under Production

Recently we received an e-mail from Nick Verola alerting us to the fact that he is producing a video about the history of the 1715 Fleet. Nick is a professional videographer and producer who has been working in this field full-time since 2011. Through his company, Verola Media, he has been working on a Historical

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October 2019 Treasure of the Month

Our Treasure of the Month for October is this beautiful (and extremely rare) two escudos gold piece from the old Spanish colonial mint of Santa Fe de Bogota located in Columbia. There is a fascinating history behind this coin and it is provided to us by Fleet Society member Dann Jacobus (#92) who is the

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picture of spanish cob and cob web

What’s in a Name, Anyway?

Frequent visitors to this website know that we often feature and discuss Spanish silver coins (reales) that were recovered from the many wreck sites of the 1715 Fleet. They are also known as “pieces of eight” or “cobs”. Where the term “cobs” originated is not clear but some believe that the term comes from the

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This Day in Fleet History – September 20, 1987

The crew of  the salvage vessel “Virgalona” recover 216 gold coins of various denominations. This was the largest recovery of gold coins from the 1715 Fleet in over two decades. Douglass Beach Wreck site, Ft. Pierce, Florida.

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Vintage Real Eight Museum Flyer

Here is an interesting flyer produced by the Real Eight Company and used to promote its Museum of Sunken Treasure which at the time was located in Cape Canaveral off of Route A1A, just north of Cocoa Beach. This is a very rare item, as only a few have survived. This dates from the late

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida  FUN Show January 9-12, 2020.

The Florida United Numismatists Winter Show will take place at the Orange County Convention Center from January 9 – 12, 2020. It is hard to believe that we are only four short months away from the show (actually, 116 days to be exact). As usual, the Fleet Society will have a table with some educational

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Dan Porter

Fleet Society Welcomes its 100th Member

As a supplement to our August 26th post (Fleet Society Registers its 100th Member) we would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our mystery member, Mr. Dan Porter.   Dan is well known in the shipwreck community as he is the managing member and director of operations for Maritime Research &Recovery LLC

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Fleet Society Announces New Directors

The Fleet Society is pleased to announce the addition of a distinguished colleague as the newest member of our Board of Directors, Jorge Proctor. Jorge Proctor Jorge Proctor is a well known and respected archival researcher and author. A prolific writer, he has published many books and articles on Spanish colonial coins, mints, coins and

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September 2019 Treasure of the Month

Our Treasure of the Month for September is this intriguing little 6.9 gram artifact recently recovered (August 10, 2019) near the Corrigan’s Beach  Wreck site north of Vero Beach. This tiny item is a 1/8  inch thick, 3/4 inch square bronze scale weight that features markings on it. One of the most defined markings is

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Fleet Society Registers Its 100th Member!

As a follow up to our post of August 25 (Fleet Society Enrolls 99th Member) we are proud to announce that we have just welcomed our 100th member. There will be a special post in the near future featuring our mystery member as we begin our next milestone of 200 members worldwide (we hope).

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August 25, 2019:  Fleet Society Enrolls 99th Member

Recently, the Fleet Society welcomed its 99th member. We are 1 member away from reaching a milestone………100 members! Membership in the Society was opened to the public in November, 2014. Now, here we are, just 1 member away from 100, which tells us a lot about our Society and the popularity of all things Fleet

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Gold Coins found by Dan Porter

A Tale of Spanish Doubloons

One of my ongoing projects as a Director of the Fleet Society is to catalogue the many archival documents that I have acquired over the years. Although I enjoy this aspect of my job very much, I find that the responsibilities of my full time job often interfere with cataloguing duties. But, when I do

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