$1M worth of gold coins and jewelry found from the 1715 shipwreck by the Florida family of treasure hunters
First things first, you need to take a seat before you read this. Remember the wreckage of 1715 Spanish fleet? As many as 1,000 lives were lost in the maritime disaster that struck July 31, 1715. The sinking of 11 of 12 galleons brought down by a hurricane off the coast of Florida as the convoy was sailing from Havana to Spain.
A family recovered more than $1million in precious artifacts from the wreckage. Daily Mail reported that Eric Schmitt professionally hunts for treasure with his relatives off their salvage vessel Aarrr Booty. He found and brought to the surface the pieces off Fort Pierce in June. The massively impressive haul included 51 gold coins of various denominations and 40 feet of ornate gold chain.
Florida will take possession of up to 20 per cent of the find for display in a state museum. Brisben’s company and the Schmitt family will split the reminder of the haul. The Schmitt family have been chipping away at the sunken 1715 treasure for the past two years. Eric Schmitt recovered the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace called Pyx last July. It was sacred to Spanish priests.
In 2002, Eric Schmitt the young diver came upon a 300-year-old Mexican silver platter.
Schmitt told CBS News,
The more we do this, the bigger the finds we make, so I kind of less believe in luck and more believe in our hard work.
Here’s the video.
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