Salvage Company Found Gold Coins Worth $4.5 Million
Among the stash were nine extremely rare coins, known as royal eight escudos or 'Royals'. These had been specially transported to the King of Spain when the vessel sank. Previously, only 20 similar coins had been known to exist worldwide, according to Brent Brisben, whose company 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels owns the rights to the wreck.
The coins were on board a Spanish ship that sank on 30 or 31 July 1715 on a journey from Havana to Spain off the Florida coast during a hurricane – exactly three centuries ago.
Actually, the divers had not stumbled upon the treasure by accident. They had been examining the seabed at a spot where another similar find was discovered.
Incidentally, the treasure hunters were not allowed to keep all the treasure – 20 percent of the total value would be allocated for the US State of Florida.
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