A tremendous quantity of silver coinage sailed in the hulls of the 1715 Fleet. By themselves the Capitana and Almiranta of Ubilla’s Nueva Espana Flota carried 2390 chests of Mexican cob reales at 3000 pesos per chest. Over the last 50 years the State of Florida has amassed an amazing collection of 22,000 cob reales […]
In this section of our Photo Gallery we are pleased to exhibit what we call the “Treasures of the State of Florida Collection”. Beginning in the early 60’s, the State of Florida authorized private salvage operations in Florida waters by implementing a program of leasing arrangements. The leases required each operator to share with the […]
Prepared by Scott N. Nierling The following is an appraisal of Historical Artifacts and coins recovered from the area of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet wreck sites by Real Eight , Co., and later purchased by the present owner. This appraisal was prepared for income tax purposes by Scott N. Nierling, P.O. Box 177 Roseland, […]
If you find yourself in Tallahassee, the Museum of Florida History has a 1715 Treasure Fleet Exhibit that is a must see. Click here for location and times. The exhibit showcases the magnificent Florida State Collection of coins and artifacts recovered from the 1715 Fleet. The Museum’s Fleet exhibit is rated as one of the […]
This article is reproduced, by permission, from the February 1967 issue of The Numismatist, official publication of The American Numismatic Association.
October’s Treasure of the Month is this nifty little silver ingot salvaged from the 1715 Fleet. It weighs a hefty 21.5 troy ounces with dimensions of 11 x 3.1 x 2.9 cm. Notice the sugar-loaf tapered shape, with many tiny pits from the smelting process. The absence of any markings means this was a privately […]
by Ernie Richards Just an hour’s drive north of here [WPB, FL] begins a 60-mile stretch of Atlantic waterfront that finds beachcombers making withdrawals from its sandy vaults nearly every day. From the St. Lucie Inlet to the inlet at Sebastian, lucky people swinging metal detectors —and others just kicking shells aside at the water’s […]
September’s featured treasure is this gorgeous 1715 Fleet eight escudos produced at the Spanish colonial mint in Lima. By any measure of rarity, the 1705 Lima is a rare Fleet coin. Only a handful of specimens are known, including the two held in the State of Florida Collection. For those of you who like your […]