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March 2012 Treasure of the Month

It was in the early afternoon of a June day in 1967 that John de Bry found his first significant artifact to date, a silver-gilded miniature urn. The gilding was still visible in places, with

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

The January 2012 FUN Show saw the first publications from the 1715 Fleet Society. Collectors of Fleet memorabilia take note! Two modest but attractive (if we may say) booklets were available at our table. The

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

This is a personal post-FUN Show update from Ben Costello, 1715 Fleet Society. After attending the FUN Show, I spent several weeks traveling around the state of Florida. I met and interviewed people associated with

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February 2012 Treasure of the Month

February’s treasure of the month is a forty-coin clump of eight reales. This fist-size clump is solid and quite impressive in its color and composition. The coins appear to be full weight and largely uncorroded.

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

Officially launched on May 1st, 2011, the 1715 Fleet Society made its first sailing at the FUN show in Orlando, January 5- 8, 2012. At the 1715 Fleet Society table were Ben Costello, Phil Flemming,

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

The 1715 Fleet Society will have a table at the FUN Show in Orlando, January 5th through the 8th. Our table number is 544. Please visit us if you happen to be at the FUN

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The Salvaged Treasure Fleet of 1715

This article reproduced from the Bowers and Ruddy Auction Catalog, The Harold A. Blauvelt, Iberoamerican and 1715 Spanish Treasure Fleet Collections, public auction sale February 17-19, 1977

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January 2012 Treasure of the Month

This month’s featured offering is a rare 1715 Fleet coin with political significance. It is the only surviving gold coin struck by the Lima mint in 1701 in the name of Philip V. The reference

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December 2011 Treasure of the Month

December’s Treasure of the Month is a nice cache of gold and jewelry from the 1715 Fleet. The gold coins, fresh from the sea, still exhibit ocean deposits. The jewelry, although quite old, shows no

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Historic Photos of 1715 Fleet Salvage Operations

These photographs were recently acquired from a private collection. Some of the photographs are being presented publicly for the first time. Due to age and storage several are distressed and had to be digitally enhanced.

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Real Eight Company Collection of Gold Cobs

The modern day hunt for the 1715 Treasure Fleet began in the 1950’s, when a retired Florida contractor wondered why gold and silver kept washing up on a Florida beach near his home. Kip Wagner

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In Memoriam – Stephen Shouppé

STEPHEN SHOUPPÉ 1 June 1948—5 November 2001 Captain Stephen Shouppé is probably best remembered by 1715 Fleet collectors for the wonderful artifacts and coins he salvaged from the Cannon Pile Wreck. His first major find

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In Memoriam – Demostenes Molinar

DEMOSTENES “MO”MOLINAR 15 June 1932—23 April 2011 Shipwreck Treasure Legend The shipwreck salvage community was devastated by the news on April 24th that our Dear Friend and Idol, Mo, had died suddenly, at home, the

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In Memoriam – Delphine “Del” Long

DELPHINE “DEL” LONG d. 4 May 2011 at age 87 Del Long was one of those whom I call the “Gentlemen Divers”—the Real Eight Corporation. He was born in South Carolina but came to Florida

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Karl H. Goodpaster Slide Presentation

Karl H. Goodpaster was a conservator for the Real Eight Company. In the 1960’s he developed a presentation that included a slide show. What follows is that presentation including his slides which have been digitally

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Lou Ullian Interview

What follows is an interview of Lou Ullian, original Real Eight member, conducted by Dan Sedwick on July 27, 2007. It is indeed fortunate that Dan had the opportunity (and foresight) to interview Lou when

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DATELINE: Orlando, Florida

On January 5th 2012 the Florida United Numismatists will kick off it’s 57th Annual Convention at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando Florida. The 1715 Fleet Society has arranged for an informational booth to be

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DATELINE: Florida

We are pleased to announce that the 1715 Fleet Society has partnered with Viva Florida 500. Viva Florida 500 is dedicated to Florida’s rich and diverse cultural history and the celebration of that history taking place throughout

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