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June 2020 Treasure of the Month

Our featured treasure for June does not have all of the eye appeal of past items that we have showcased here. But, nonetheless, this item was critical to the successful construction of ships used in...

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May 2020 Treasure of the Month

Our featured Treasure of the Month for May is this nifty 12 coin aggregate (informally referred to as a “clump”) consisting of silver reales from the Spanish colonial mint at Mexico City. The clump has...

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April 2020 Treasure of the Month

The Treasure of the Month for April is this small group of gold Mexico eight escudos from the State of Florida Collection. What makes this group so special is the very odd shape portrayed in...

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March 2020 Treasure of the Month

Our Treasure of the Month for March is this bowlful of eight reales recently purchased from the Bruce Ward Estate. These reales are all uncleaned, encrusted and have that ”fresh from the sea” appearance. Some...

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February 2020 Treasure of the Month

Our Treasure of the Month for February is this gold chain and toothpick from the State of Florida Collection. Officially identified as 72A 018 000042 0001, this item was found at the Rio Mar Wreck...

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December 2019 Treasure of the Month

For December’s Treasure of the Month we are going to revisit one of the most recognized and revered artifacts ever associated with the 1715 Fleet: the Dragon Whistle.  Previously featured as our Treasure of the...

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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...

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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...

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August 2019 Treasure of the Month

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,...

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July 2019 Treasure of the Month

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...

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May 2019 Treasure of the Month

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...

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April 2019 Treasure of the Month

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...

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March 2019 Treasure of the Month

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....

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February 2019 Treasure of the Month

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...

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January 2019 Treasure of the Month

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...

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December 2018 Treasure of the Month

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....

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November 2018 Treasure of the Month

Our featured treasure for November is the emerald-studded gold cross (below), found by Frank Giovenco at the Corrigan’s Beach wreck site in 1984.  Frank’s fabulous find measures 1 – 5/16 inches tall and 7/8 of...

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