Florida treasure hunters found $ 4.5 million in rare coins Spanish
Florida treasure hunters found a treasure worth $ 4.5 million in Spanish gold coin 300 years to the day after a fleet of ships sank in a hurricane en route from Havana to Spain, said the owner of rescue on Wednesday.
350 coins found on July 30 include nine rare pieces known as real-eight shields, which were transported to the king of Spain, as Brent Brisben. His company, 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels, owns the rights to the remains.
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Only 20 such coins are known to exist prior to the recovery of nine real, Brisben said.
“Gold seems to hit the water yesterday,” said William Bartlett, 51, the diver who watched from a distance.
Bartlett was part of a three-man crew aboard the boat Brisben S / V Captain when coins found in shallow waters of Vero Beach, Florida.El search site was chosen because it was close to an earlier discovery.
The same day in 1715, a hurricane shakes 11 Spanish galleons laden with treasure reef off the east coast of Florida, sank in the early hours of the next morning. Today, the remains dispersed over a wide area.
The coins found for Bartlett are part of the treasure scattered now carried by the galleons, which have already broken up.
Bartlett said the crew used the boat propeller to blow a hole in the ocean of sand to reach rock 8 feet (2.4 meters) below. The rescue operation lasted five days.
Like many treasure hunters from Florida, Bartlett a Pompano Beach remodeling kitchen and bath, immersed as a hobby.
Treasure Hunt said no to the money and refused to say how much would receive under contract with jewelry queens 1715 fleet.
“I’m just a guy in a boat living the dream,” Bartlett said.
Bartlett hunters usually work under contract with the company, which gives them a percentage of their find after the Florida State exercises its right to 20 percent of the distance.
The company acquired legal custody of the sagging of the heirs of the world famous treasure hunter Mel Fisher fleet.
“We salvage these shipwrecks using a boat going into the ocean and we pick an area where we think there would be artifacts remaining,” Brisben said. “All of these artifacts are under multiple feet of sand, so in order to retrieve them we go out and excavate the sand.”
Brisben said the riches, which had been resting underwater since 150 years before the Civil War, included rare “Royals” coins that were made by the order of a Spanish king.
He added that the Royals represent 30 percent of its kind known to exist.
“Every coin truly is unique,” Brisbane said. “The Royals, there are nine of them — each one being [worth] about $300,000 Dolares.”
PHOTO: 4.5 Million Dollars worth of Spanish gold coins has been recovered.1715 Fleet – Queens Jewels, LLC
The state of Florida, Brisben said, is entitled to 20 percent of the artifacts recovered by him and his team.
He added that the remaining coins will be distributed among him, his father, and the other crew members involved in the discovery.