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Treasure of the Month

August 2019 Treasure of the Month

July 30, 2019 | 0

Our Treasure of the Month for August is this group of coins and artifacts recently liberated from Neptune’s grasp in late June 2019. The “liberator” of these items was none other than Eric Schmitt, a well-known diver, credited with finding the famed “Tricentennial Royal” in June 2015. This particular coin was featured as our Treasure of the […]

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July 2019 Treasure of the Month

June 29, 2019 | 0

Our Treasure of the Month for July is a free-blown utility bottle of the type used on sailing ships for the very practical purpose of storing or transporting liquid material such as wine, rum or brandy. For increased stability on rough seas, the bottles were fashioned with a wide bottom to prevent toppling over. Their […]

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May 2019 Treasure of the Month

April 29, 2019 | 0

Our Treasure of the Month for May is an authentic Spanish eight reales coin from the colonial mint at Mexico City encased in a block of Lucite. Weighing in at 131.25 grams, our treasure is 3” x 2” x 1” and is totally cocooned in hard, clear plastic, embossed near the top of one side […]

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April 2019 Treasure of the Month

March 31, 2019 | 0

Our Treasure of the Month for April is something that has never been photographed before and is likely never to be photographed again. It is a neatly stacked group of gold Royals from the Spanish colonial mint at Mexico City. These specially struck coins are on broad, thin, round planchets. The legends are complete and […]

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March 2019 Treasure of the Month

February 28, 2019 | 0

Our featured treasure for March is part of a group of artifacts that we have featured before. Known as “wedges” these silver items were often smuggled on board the larger, heavily-armed guard galleons as contraband. The pie shaped wedges were arranged in such a way that they could fit tightly in the bottom of a […]

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February 2019 Treasure of the Month

January 31, 2019 | 2

Our Treasure of the Month for February is a bit deceptive. The featured item is a coin together with a Certificate of Authenticity. Naturally one would assume that there is something special about the coin that merits including it as our Treasure of the Month.  However, it is not the coin that is special. It […]

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January 2019 Treasure of the Month

December 31, 2018 | 1

To begin the new year, our Treasure of the Month for January is one of the most important shipwreck silver coins ever found. This coin is typical of the many Mexico eight reales cobs found among the numerous wreck sites of the 1715 Fleet that are scattered along the east coast of Florida. But, it […]

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December 2018 Treasure of the Month

November 30, 2018 | 0

For this month’s featured treasure we travel back to the summer of 2013 when this beautiful 1697 Lima one escudo was recovered from Neptune’s grasp. Found at the Corrigan’s Beach wreck site by Queen’s Jewels, LLC. in July 2013, this coin was one of 48 recovered at that time. The obverse shows an exceptional strike. (An image […]

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