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Treasure of the Month

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 | 2

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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October 2017 Treasure of the Month

September 29, 2017 | 1

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 the Cabin Wreck not far from the McClarty Treasure Museum near Sebastian, Florida. The obverse side of the crucifix features […]

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September 2017 Treasure of the Month

August 30, 2017 | 1

September’s Treasure of the Month is a fresh from the sea cache of two escudos found by Dan Porter near Fort Pierce on Saturday August 19, 2017. This group of coins is a complement to our Treasure of the Month for August, which featured gold coins found in 1988 in the same location south of […]

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August 2017 Treasure of the Month

July 31, 2017 | 1

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 mint of Lima, Peru. Recovered in 1988 from the Douglass Beach Wreck site south of present day Fort Pierce, these […]

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July 2017 Treasure of the Month

June 30, 2017 | 2

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 for recovering vast amounts of treasure from the wreck sites of the 1715 Fleet from the 1960’s into the 1970’s). Upon close inspection, […]

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