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This Day in Fleet History – October 8, 1964  

October 8, 2019 | 0

The first sale of Real Eight Company gold coins (106 in all)  from the 1715 Fleet is conducted by Henry Christensen, Hoboken, New Jersey.

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Treasure Coast Historical Film Under Production

October 2, 2019 | 0

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

September 29, 2019 | 0

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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What’s in a Name, Anyway?

September 25, 2019 | 0

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

September 20, 2019 | 0

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

September 19, 2019 | 0

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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This Day in Fleet History – September 16, 1714

September 16, 2019 | 0

Philip V of Spain marries for the second time a woman he has never seen, Elizabeth Farnese of Parma, by proxy. They meet for the first time three months later and are formally married in person on December 24, 1714.

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

September 15, 2019 | 0

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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Fleet Society Welcomes its 100th Member

September 1, 2019 | 0

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

September 1, 2019 | 2

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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This Day in Fleet History – August 31, 1715

August 31, 2019 | 0

The only ship of the 1715 Fleet to survive, the French frigate Grifon, arrives in Brest, France unaware of the Fleet disaster.

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September 2019 Treasure of the Month

August 29, 2019 | 0

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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