DATELINE: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – 2017 FUN Show Wrap-Up

As all of you who regularly visit our website know, the 2017 Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Show was held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL from January 5 – 8, 2017.  This year’s Show was rather exciting because we were fortunate to have Jonah Martinez and Bill Bartlett at our table during the several days that the Show was held.

Jonah and Bill were crew members of the Capitana, which was the vessel used to salvage the Tricentennial Hoard recovered in 2015.  The term “Tricentennial Hoard” was applied to the coins salvaged on July 30 – 31, 2015.  This discovery coincided with the actual 300th Anniversary of the loss of the 1715 Fleet, which occurred on July 30 – 31, 1715.  Obviously, this was a remarkable historical coincidence.

Jonah and Bill were kind enough to build a display case (specifically for the FUN Show) and exhibit coins that were part of the hoard found in 2015.  In addition, they brought other items that they had recovered from previous years.  All in all, it was an incredible display.

I met Jonah and Bill on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, and directed them to our table (# 637) where they set up their exhibit.  They also helped me set up my material, which consisted of calendars and other promotional items.

The first official day of the Show was Thursday, January 5, 2017.  We had a number of visitors, including Fleet Society Director, Ernie Richards and his wife, Ellie, who drove in from Lake Worth, Florida.  John Pullin (Santa Fe, New Mexico) and Dave Crooks (Chicago, Illinois) were frequent visitors throughout the Show.  Ray Blakney (Nova Scotia) also stopped by frequently.

Other Fleet Society members who stopped by to say hello, included Sandy and Alan Sadwin (Wantagh, New York), Jorge Proctor (Oakland Park, Florida), Steve and Linda Hodges (Vero Beach, Florida), Augi Garcia (Winter Park, Florida), Tom Uram (Eighty-Four, PA), Buddy Martin (Stuart, Florida) and Jose Busto (San Juan, Puerto Rico).  In addition to the fine exhibit created by Jonah and Bill, there was also a magnificent bronze sculpture created by Jonah’s father which depicted Jonah and members of the Capitana crew recovering gold coins as found in July of 2015.  This sculpture garnered a lot of attention.

On Friday, January 6, 2017, the second day of the Show, we were pleased to have Brent Brisben and his cousin, Jen visit us.  Brent was the owner of Queens Jewells, LLC at the time that the Tricentennial Hoard was recovered.  He, along with Jonah and Bill, reminisced over their find and provided additional commentary about their stunning discovery.

On Saturday, January 7, 2017, we still had many people visiting our table and expressing great interest in the artifacts and coins displayed there.  We concluded our presentation at the end of the day.

I have included in this report a number of pictures that were taken during the several days that we attended the FUN Show.

Ben Costello, Director

 

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Jonah Martinez, Bill Bartlett, Brent Brisben and John Pullin discussing gold coins on display at Fleet Society table.

 

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Fleet Society member Jose Busto visiting from Puerto Rico.

 

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John Pullin (left)and Brent Brisben review pictures of coins found by Queens Jewels, LLC.

 

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Brent Brisben reviews 2017 Fleet Society Calendar which features coins from the Tricentennial Hoard found by his crew in 2015.

 

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New 2017 Fleet Society Calendar and other promotional items for sale at Fleet Society table.

 

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Close up of bronze sculpture which features divers recovering gold coins at the Corrigan’s Wreck site in July, 2015.

 

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Close up of bronze sculpture which features divers recovering gold coins at the Corrigan’s Wreck site in July, 2015.

 

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!711 gold Royal recovered by Queens Jewels, LLC in July 2015. This was just one of nine Royals recovered at that time. It was on display at the Fleet Society table.

 

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1711 gold Royal recovered by Queens Jewels, LLC in July 2015. This was just one of nine Royals recovered at that time. It was on display at the Fleet Society table.

 

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Display of 1715 Fleet artifacts and coins recovered by Jonah Martinez and Bill Bartlett. This was part of an exhibit created by Jonah and Bill for the Fleet Society table.

 

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Bronze sculpture which features Jonah Martinez and crew members recovering gold coins off of the Corrigan’s Wreck site in July 2015. This sculpture was created by Jonah’ father, a well known sculptor.

 

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Fleet Society Director Ernie Richards and his wife Ellie.

 

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Gold coins from the Tricentennial Hoard.

 

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Wide angle view of display featuring many different recovered items from the 1715 Fleet.

 

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Fleet Society table, FUN Show, 2017

 

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Display created by Jonah Martinez and Bill Bartlett.

 

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Brent Brisben and cousin Jen

 

 

 

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