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Treasure of the Month

May 2018 Treasure of the Month

May 1, 2018 | 1

For this May, we take you back to July of 2010, when Greg Bounds and his crew, working the Corrigan’s site, made a discovery of historical and numismatic importance. They discovered a swivel gun from one of Echevers’ prize ships. But not a typical swivel gun, for on examination it proved to be packed not with cannon shot […]

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April 2018 Treasure of the Month

March 31, 2018 | 1

It’s no secret that we have an ongoing fascination with EO’s (encrusted objects). To us these items have a certain charisma. Our Treasure of the Month for April is a prime example of this charm. This 14 coin aggregate ( informally referred to as a “clump”) weighs in at a respectable 185 grams and is […]

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March 2018 Treasure of the Month

March 1, 2018 | 2

Our featured treasure for March are two items that were not designed for wealth or beauty, but rather for mayhem and destruction. Referred to as bar-shot, these obsolete projectiles usually consisted of two cannon balls, or half balls, joined by a solid bar. Fired from a black powder cannon, they were used to disable an […]

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February 2018 Treasure of the Month

January 30, 2018 | 1

Our monthly treasure offerings for February are these three impressive silver wedges that represent a small sampling of silver wedge ingots found on the wreck sites of the 1715 Fleet. These represent examples of contraband that were smuggled onboard ships headed for Spain. Fleet Society Director, Ernie Richards, adds additional commentary on the wedges, stating: “In […]

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January 2018 Treasure of the Month Update

January 29, 2018 | 0

In January, we featured this ornate gold-and-pearl “Madonna” brooch recovered in 1989 from the “Rio Mar” wreck site near Vero Beach, Florida. We have received some additional up-close and personal images of this very rare and beautiful artifact. These images demonstrate the skill and craftsmanship that went into the creation of this item. Please pay particular […]

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January 2018 Treasure of the Month

December 30, 2017 | 0

The 1715 Fleet Society January 2018 Treasure of the Month is this simply outstanding gold-and–pearl “Madonna” brooch recovered in 1989 from the “Rio Mar” wreck site near Vero Beach, Florida. This pendant features a crowned female over an angel face superimposed over an upward-facing crescent moon, all in a central open oval surrounded by twenty-two […]

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December 2017 Treasure of the Month

December 1, 2017 | 1

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. Our gold, however, is not in the shape of a ring. Rather, it is a nugget from the 1715 Fleet. […]

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K’ang Hsi porcelain

November 2017 Treasure of the Month

October 31, 2017 | 0

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, were found on various 1715 Fleet wreck sites along the Treasure Coast. Because of its delicate beauty, intact pieces (those […]

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