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5 most interesting shipwreck treasure hauls

5 most interesting shipwreck treasure hauls

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 Dominican Republic shipwreck treasure

Mystery shipwreck

The oldest treasure ever found

An old man was selling a coin in a town in Dominican Republic town that turned out to be the oldest coin ever minted in the New World. So begins the story of the most surprising wreck – and possibly oldest shipwreck treasure – ever found.

The team of Deep Blue Marine used side scan sonar to search the area where the local man found the coin, and were happily surprised to find parts of the wrecked ship. In their treasure haul they also found jade statues, ancient Mayan jewellery and gold coins dating back to 1535. A set of four coins alone are valued at $1 million. Deep Blue Marine got to keep 50 per cent of their discovery while the rest went to the Dominican Republic government.

It it likely that ship sank during a hurricane just a few years after Christopher Columbus discovered the New World and a shipwreck has never turned up artifacts that were so old.

Picture courtesy of Deep Blue Marine

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