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5 most interesting shipwreck treasure hauls

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1715 Treasure Fleet treasure found

1715 Treasure Fleet

The wreck that keeps on revealing more treasure

More than $1 million worth of gold artefacts, including a rare coin destined for the King of Spain, have just been discovered in the shallow waters approximately 30 miles north of West Palm Beach. A family of professional treasure hunters, called the Schmitts, made the find.

The treasures were found among the 1715 Treasure Fleet, which sank as the result of a hurricane after leaving Havana, Cuba almost exactly 300 years ago. The artefacts, which were only about 15 feet deep in the water, included 51 gold coins and 40 feet of ornate gold chain

"These finds are important not just for their monetary value, but their historical importance," said Brent Brisben, owner of 1715 Fleet-Queen's Jewels, LLC. "One of our key goals is to help learn from and preserve history, and this week's finds draw us closer to those truths."

Since the ship was recovered more than fifty years ago, divers have discovered about $50 million worth of treasure and it is thought more than $400 million worth of treasure may still be hiding below the sea. Unfortunately, Queens Jewels LLC owns the salvaging rights to the entire fleet. However, if you are still interested in visting the area why not consider a luxury yacht charter in Florida?

Picture courtesy of Queens Jewels LLC

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