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December 2017 Treasure of the Month

Tradition has it that gold is a gift commonly found under the tree on Christmas morning (think engagement ring). Therefore, we thought it appropriate to feature gold as our Treasure of the Month for December....

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November 2017 Treasure of the Month

Our Treasure of the Month is this extremely rare intact K’ang Hsi porcelain found by Mike Blanchard after Hurricane Jeanne in 2004. From the K’ang Hsi period (China 1662-1722), this item, and many like it,...

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October 2017 Treasure of the Month

Our featured treasure for October is this solid gold rosary crucifix. We have chosen this item because of its extreme rarity. The rosary to which this crucifix is attached was found in August 1993 at...

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August 2017 Treasure of the Month

Our featured treasure for August is from a collection of documents, records, and photographs which the Fleet Society recently acquired from a private source. This image is a group of eight escudos from the colonial...

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July 2017 Treasure of the Month

Folding Knife Handle Our TOM for July is a mystery item.  It was found at the Cabin Wreck site in the early 60’s by the Real Eight Company.  (NOTE: The Real Eight Company was responsible...

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June 2017 Treasure of the Month

This month’s featured treasure is appropriate for June, as it was found 26 years ago this month … on June 22nd. This exceptional gold chain was liberated from the seabed by none other than Bob...

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May 2017 Treasure of the Month

Our featured treasure for May is a gold bar found a number of years ago at the Corrigan’s Beach wreck site.  Just over three inches in length, this little ingot weighs in at 462 grams...

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April 2017 Treasure of the Month

April’s featured Treasure made its appearance at the recent International Conference in St. Augustine on March 17, 2017. This silver bar was discovered in the 1960’s by Kip Wagner at “the gold wreck, south of Fort Pierce”....

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March 2017 Treasure of the Month

Our featured treasure for the month of March is this delicate hand carved Madonna and Child. This item was found south of the McLarty Treasure Museum in 1977. The location of the discovery places it...

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February 2017 Treasure of the Month

Our featured treasure for February is this rather unassuming artifact that, while modest in appearance, is of extreme rarity. This item is an original “riel” strap for making cob planchets. The odd shape of Mexican cob...

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Treasure of the Month December 2016

Just in time for Christmas is December’s Treasure of the Month…the Parker 75 sterling silver pen set! At first blush, it would seem that this writing instrument could hardly be the stuff dreams are made...

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Treasure of the Month November 2016

Our Treasure of the Month for November is somewhat of a continuation of last month’s featured treasure, which was part of the great discovery of several hundred gold coins by the Capitana in 2015, only...

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Treasure of the Month October 2016

For our Treasure of the Month for October, we revisit last year’s discovery of several hundred gold coins on July 30 and 31, 2015, which corresponded to the 300th Anniversary of the loss of the...

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Treasure of the Month September 2016

Our treasure for September is a rather unassuming artifact that is featured not for its intrinsic value but because of its relative rarity. This anthropomorphic item is actually a toothpick found at the Douglass Beach...

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Treasure of the Month – July 2016

Last month, we searched the State of Florida Collection of Mexico City eight reales, looking for the one coin that stood out as exhibiting the best full and complete 1715 date. For July’s Treasure of...

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June 2016 Treasure of the Month

June’s Treasure of the Month has been chosen because of a recent distinction bestowed on it by the Fleet Society.  Before we describe this item, a little background is necessary.  The State of Florida owns...

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May 2016 Treasure of the Month

May’s Treasure of the Month is this beautiful gold and red coral rosary, complete and flawless, weighing 60.09 g. At 19 ½” long, this impressive religious artifact is in an excellent state of preservation, with...

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