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Treasure of the Month

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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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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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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1715 Fleet Society - June 2019 Treasure of the Month

June 2019 Treasure of the Month

May 31, 2019 | 0

Every so often we feature an item as our monthly treasure that is not particularly unique or special but is noteworthy because it has a story to tell. Our Treasure of the Month for June is such an item. Although a beautiful coin, this undated Mexico four escudos is not by any stretch of the […]

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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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