Florida Divers Find $4.5mn in Gold Coins From Sunken 18th Century Spanish Fleet

Divers in Florida hit the jackpot after discovering $4.5 million worth of rare coins from a Spanish fleet that sank off the Florida shore 300 years past. The place is not commercially unsuccessful as $1 million was fell upon by before a Florida family from an identical region in treasure.

On July 30 & 31 Royals were recovered over 350 gold coins including 9. This astonishing restoration happened on the real 300th Anniversary, said 1715 Fleet Queens Jewels LLC, a group of historical shipwreck salvagers, on its Facebook page.

The royal coins are dated 1715 and were minted during the reign of King Phillip V of Spain (1683-1746).

Folks adore treasure narratives. It resonates with everybody every demographic, young and old, rich and poor, Brent Brisben, the creator of 1715 Fleet, told media. Folks freak out that were literally 10-15 feet (3-4.5 meters) off the shore in 2-3 feet (0.6-0.9 meters) of water.


Among the divers, William Bartlett, who regained the treasure from the historical fleet, said: A find like this is the equivalent of winning an Olympic gold medal.

This really is what we [treasure hunters of the 1715 Fleet] come here to do. For four months sleep and dwell treasure. When weren’t really treasure hunting, were generally referring to treasure hunting. We hang out with other treasure hunters, said Bartlett.

He told Reuters after that the gold seems like it fell into the water yesterday.


Brisben told CSB news the discovery of the treasure and the sinking of the fleet 300 years past coincided.

Its been magic, Brisben said. Whats amazing about this is we discovered it on the authentic anniversary. We discovered 230 gold coins on the 30th, as well as the hurricane began on the evening of the 30th [in 1715].

Later on July 31, the divers discovered 75 more gold coins, he included.


The 1715 fleet was returning to Spain when it was captured in a hurricane close to the present day city of Vero Beach, Florida, from Havana, Cuba. Eleven out of 12 boats were lost in the catastrophe. About 1,000 people died, while another 1,500 survived and managed to swim to land.

Allowing Brisben, Spanish convoy manifests estimated the boats were taking the equivalent of about $400 million in todays cash, of which about $180 million has been recovered up to now.

It seems like that strip of Florida shore is extremely full of Spanish treasure: some of the coins from the 300-year old boat wash up on the Florida shore from time to time.


Previously in July, 1715 Fleet Queens Jewels LLC declared that the Schmitt family from Florida discovered $1 million worth of gold artifacts, including a royal coin from the Spanish king regained from the fleet that was well-known.

1715 Fleet possesses the rights for the submerged boats, while the Schmitt family are subcontractors.

The State of Florida will take up to 20 percent of the treasure and show them in local museums. The remaining part of the bounty wills divide.