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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 the discovery and preservation of coins and artifacts from the 1715 Fleet. I was a pleasure to meet Jim Sinclair […]
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, and Ernie Richards, with some much able assistance from John Pullin and Mike Brown. Visitors from Spain and England attested […]
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