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The SS Gairsoppa and the Great Silver Treasure

May 16, 2017 in Books, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Precious Metals, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Dennis Tucker News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

In his richly illustrated new book The SS Gairsoppa and the Great Silver Treasure, Q. David Bowers explores the cultural scene and political and military developments that led up to the Second World War. Bowers, one of America’s preeminent historians, starts with the aftermath of the world conflict of 1914 to 1918. He colorfully describes the fabric of life in the United States and international events through the 1920s and 1930s. Then: the eruption of fresh hostilities in 1939 and immersion in a new global war. Ultimately Bowers’s focus is the 1941 maritime loss of a massive shipment of silver,… Full article at the source>

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The Doomed Spanish Treasure Fleet of 1715

August 22, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Spanish Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Libertycoin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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With a slight breeze riffling the water, twelve ships set sail from Havana. Eleven were bound for Spain, loaded with gold and silver. Among them were the flagship Capitana and Urca de Lima. The twelfth ship was the Griffon, a French merchant vessel that had been detained in port. Afraid that word would leak of the treasure they were carrying—making the Spanish fleet easy prey for pirates—the Spaniards brought the Griffon with them.

It was a calm and sunny day on July 24th, 1715. The fleet sailed for the Gulf Stream, avoiding Florida’s coastal reefs. Five days on, the weather turned. Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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No One Knows the Secrets of Gold Spirals Found in Denmark

July 19, 2015 in Anthropology, Archaeology, Blogs, Gold, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By: Nick Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Thousands of mysterious gold spirals have been found in Zealand, Denmark. A little while back, a team of archeologists found four Bronze Age gold bracelets there. The archeologists thought they were done, so they handed the site over to amateur archaeologist Christian Albertsen. But Albertsen believed there was more to be discovered. And he was right. There was a lot more.

All in all, Albertsen located around 2,000 gold spirals. The hoard weighed in at between 200 and 300 grams. Experts believe the spirals are from between 900 and 700 B.C. during the Bronze Age. While the date and size of… Full article at the source>

Source: Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

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Man Finds Nazi-Era Coin Hoard Worth 45,000 Euros in Northern Germany

July 19, 2015 in Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Austrian Coins, Belgian coins, Coins, France Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Coin Update News.CoinUpdate.com (Coin Update News)

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Last October, Florian Bautsch was walking with his metal detector when he stumbled upon an unusual gold piece in Lüneburg, Germany, south of Hamburg. Piqued, he kept searching, eventually discovering nine more of the coins—enough to spur him to notify local archaeologists that he might be on to something big.

After a two-week excavation, the archaeologists did find something big: a trove of 207 gold coins buried one meter deep at the foot of a tree. Bearing stamps from Belgium, France, Italy, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the coins had been buried in separate pouches that had deteriorated except for their seals, Full article at the source>

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Pirate’s Treasure Found Off the Coast of Madagascar

June 3, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Silver, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By: Nick Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Sometime in the late 1600s, pirate William Kidd was sailing his ship, the Adventure Galley, off the island of Sainte Marie, which lies east of what is now Madagascar. The Adventure Galley sank in shallow waters, under unknown circumstances. Legend has it that the ship was full of treasure. But it was just a legend — until now.

Recently, explorer Barry Clifford found a large silver bar in the shallow waters off the coast of Sainte Marie. Though not confirmed, the bar is thought to be from the Adventure Galley‘s wreckage. Clifford’s team believes the 110-pound bar, stamped with the letters… Full article at the source>

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An 1860 Cruise Ship Full of Treasure to be Salvaged

May 31, 2015 in Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

In the fall of 1860, disaster struck the S.S. Connaught on its second voyage ever. On the last-leg of its route from Galway, Ireland to Boston, Massachusetts, the ship sprung a leak. The crew scrambled to stop the leak, and managed to stop it before the ship sank. Just then, a raging fire broke out. […] Full article at the source>

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Polish Forest Ranger Finds 6,000 Silver Coins

May 11, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Centuries ago someone in what is now Poland amassed quite a collection of silver coins. For some unknown reason, the owner of this massive hoard of silver coins decided to hide them in two pots deep in the forest. Whoever hid the coins did an exceptional job, because no one found them — until now. […] Full article at the source>

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Spelunkers Find 2,300-Year-Old Silver Coins in Israel

March 23, 2015 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Blogs, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

Few hobbies are as exciting as spelunking, exploring sometimes-untouched caves, delving as deep as courage allows. And occasionally these explorers find more than adventure below the earth. For example, some spelunkers recently made the discovery of a lifetime. Reuven Zakai, his adult son Hen Zakai and their friend Lior Zhalony are experienced spelunkers. In fact, […] Full article at the source>

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Great American Mines: Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine

November 30, 2014 in Blogs, Education, Gold, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By admin Liberty Coin and Currency Blog

For centuries, legends have inspired men to search for gold in the Southwest region of the United States. Shovels in hand, treasure hunters have chased legends of a place called the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. Possible locations range from Mexico to just outside of Phoenix, Arizona. According to most legends, the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine […] Full article at the source>

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Curator’s Choice: The Yorkshire archaeology Hoards which are going global with Google

November 7, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Bronze, Bronze Coins, Coins, Collecting, Education, English Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Museums, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: http://www.culture24.org.uk/ November 6th, 2014.

Curator’s Choice: Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics for York Museums Trust, on the Yorkshire Museum’s collection of Yorkshire Hoards going global with Google

“The numismatic collection – money and medals – numbers over 40,000 objects and is one of the strongest in northern England.

Most of that material has been excavated with new finds coming up every year from farmers, metal detectorists and archaeologists.

A lot of that excavated material comes in the form of hoards – accumulations of wealth buried in the ground.

Yorkshire Hoards is a project between Google Cultural Institute and York Museums Trust looking at these hoards and what they can tell us about the history of the region.

Over the past 3,000 years, from the Bronze Age through to the 17th century, very large numbers of hoards have gone into the ground across Yorkshire.

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Jersey hoard: Archaeologists unpick 70,000 coins

August 23, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

Work to separate 70,000 Celtic coins and pieces of jewellery is taking place under the public gaze at Jersey Museum.

 

Researchers aim to remove and clean up to 500 coins a week for the next three years in a specially built glass-walled lab.

The metal detector enthusiasts who made the find are now part of the team working on the project.

They unearthed the hoard, though to be the world’s largest, in 2012 in a field in Grouville.

For the past two years the team, led by Jersey Heritage conservator Neil Mahrer, has been documenting the hoard, which is about 2,000 years old.

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Saddle Ridge Hoard Coins being sold at Amazon.com

July 12, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service), Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, USA Coins

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Spain Lays Out Silver Won from U.S. Treasure-Hunters

June 14, 2014 in Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Spain Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Naharnet Newsdesk. June 13th, 2014. (http://www.naharnet.com/)

Spain has proudly put on show tens of thousands of silver coins from a 19th-century shipwreck that it won back in court from U.S. treasure hunters.

The country’s soon-to-be king, Felipe, and future queen Letizia on Thursday launched the exhibition in central Madrid celebrating the return of the sunken treasure to Spain.

They viewed treasures and documents that tell the story of how British warships blew up the Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, sending its precious cargo to the bottom of the sea.

The highlight of the show, in the basement of Madrid’s recently reopened National Archaeological Museum, is a glass case containing heaps of more than 30,000 tarnished silver coins.

The cargo came to Spain in 2012 after a five-year legal battle with Odyssey, the U.S. company that hauled it up two centuries after it sank.

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Recovery of shipwreck gold “beyond expectations”

June 5, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Kathy Lynn Gray. June 5th, 2014. The Columbus Dispatch (http://www.dispatch.com/)

Gold and other valuables from outside the hull of the SS Central America have been retrieved, and a crew has begun bringing up nuggets, ingots and coins from inside the shipwreck, the recovery company reported yesterday. 

“Early-recovery results are well beyond our expectations,” CEO Greg Stemm told shareholders at Odyssey Marine Exploration’s annual meeting in Tampa, Fla. “Nearly every day of seafloor operations produces new discoveries and recoveries of gold in a dazzling array of different forms.”

The ship sank off the coast of South Carolina during a hurricane in 1857, taking 428 people to their deaths and leaving millions of dollars worth of personal and commercial gold on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. 

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Coin could be a clue to Anglo-Saxon murder

May 25, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: EastBourne Herald. May 23rd, 2014 (http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk)

A unique Anglo-Saxon silver penny which provides a clue to the murder of an East Anglian king by a neighbouring monarch has been found in a Sussex field by an Eastbourne metal detectorist.

 

The 1,200 year-old coin minted during the reign of Æthelberht II will be auctioned at Dix Noonan Webb, the international coins and medals specialists, in London on June 11, when it is expected to fetch £15,000 to £20,000.

Darrin Simpson, a 48 year-old pest control specialist, was hurrying to shelter from a hailstorm in early March when he picked up a signal on his detector.

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First Finders of Famous S.S. Central America Treasure Accuse Odyssey Marine of Trespassing, Ask Federal Marshals to Seize Recovered “Ship of Gold” Items

May 16, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Gold, Gold Bullion, Gold Coins, History, News, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Ship Wrecks, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

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May 16, 2014

News media contacts:

Mike Lorz. on behalf of Columbus-America Discovery Group
Office: (614) 443-1877  Cell: (614) 395-3884

Donn Pearlman, on behalf of Columbus-America Discovery Group
Phone: 702-868-5777

First Finders of Famous S.S. Central America Treasure Accuse Odyssey Marine of Trespassing, Ask Federal
Marshals to Seize Recovered “Ship of Gold” Items

(Norfolk, Virginia) — Federal court motions claiming misappropriation and trespass were filed on Thursday, May 15, 2014, against a Florida salvage company by the Ohio-based group that first discovered and recovered Gold Rush-era sunken treasure from the S.S. Central America, the fabled “Ship of Gold” that sank in 1857.

Columbus-America Discovery Group (CADG) claims that Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. is in violation of the law.  CADG is asking that U.S. Marshals immediately seize all the treasure recently salvaged by Odyssey from the Central America.  The recovered items currently are in Charleston, South Carolina, according to the court motions.

The S.S. Central America, a 278-foot long sidewheel steamer, was sailing from Panama to New York City with tons of California Gold Rush-era coins and ingots when it sank in a hurricane on September 15, 1857.  There were 447 passengers and 101 crew members; 425 of them died when the ship sank.

In addition to the human tragedy, the loss of the expected gold in New York led to the financial “Panic of 1857” that resulted in the closings of some banks and factories. A 1992 Life Magazine cover story proclaimed the recovered gold, “The greatest treasure ever found.”

During a scientific expedition in 1987, CADG originally located the wreck site in the Atlantic Ocean about 160 nautical miles off the coast of South Carolina and subsequently recovered thousands of gold coins and hundreds of gold ingots.  CADG claims it still has the exclusive rights to that site and any retrieved gold and artifacts.  CADG wants the federal court to reassert the company’s protected rights to any additional treasure found at the site.

The motions filed Thursday with the United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, Virginia, ask that federal marshals seize the latest items and any future items recovered by Odyssey and turn them over to CADG.  The items are believed to still be on board the vessel OSV Odyssey Explorer now docked in Charleston, South Carolina, according to CADG’s court filings.

“Columbus-America Discovery Group, which has done several previously impossible feats in the deep ocean and has been sued and challenged continuously for more than 20 years, is still fighting for its right to the deep ocean shipwreck site of the SS Central America,” said Milt Butterworth, CADG President.

“We are asking the court to uphold our permanent injunction, and allow CADG to fulfill its original purpose:  to conduct multi-disciplinary research and develop sophisticated deep-ocean technology, and to locate, explore, and recover the remains of the S.S. Central America.,” Butterworth stated.

One of the court motions states: “On or about April 14th an expedition aboard the OSV ODYSSEY EXPLORER…intruded into the injuncted sea area without the Court’s knowledge and permission….”

The motion also states: “In order to protect its Court awarded rights and its maritime lien interest in any gold or artifacts recovered from the wreck of the S.S. CENTRAL AMERICA, it is imperative that CADG be authorized by the Court to have the U.S. Marshal execute a warrant in rem against these same artifacts….”

CADG claims that Recovery Limited Partnership and its contract-salvor Odyssey Marine Exploration “and any person aiding, abetting and/or assisting the violation of the rights and protections of CADG are interlopers, have engaged in acts of conversion, misappropriation of tangible and intellectual property rights, trespass, violation of CADG’s injunctive, possessor, salvage and other rights, and have violated the permanent injunction.”
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Gold Recovered During First Reconnaissance Dive Indicates SS Central America Has Not Been Disturbed Since 1991

May 5, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, Gold Eagles, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Ship Wrecks, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, USA Coins

May 5, 2014. From Oddysey Marine Exploration. (http://ir.odysseymarine.com)

Expedition to Conduct Pre-Disturbance Survey, Archaeological Excavation, Scientific Experiments and Recover Remaining Gold Now Underway

TAMPA, Fla., May 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX), a pioneer in the field of deep-ocean exploration, recovered nearly 1,000 ounces of gold during the first reconnaissance dive to the SS Central America shipwreck site on April 15,2014.

Recovered gold included five gold ingots and two $20 Double Eagle coins (one 1857 minted in San Francisco and one 1850 minted in Philadelphia). The gold ingots were stamped with assayer’s marks and weights that range from 96.5 to 313.5 troy ounces.

The two-hour reconnaissance dive was conducted during the transit of Odyssey’s research vessel, the Odyssey Explorer, from the United Kingdom to Charleston, South Carolina, to mobilize for the project, which is being conducted under contract with the receiver of Recovery Limited Partnership (RLP). RLP director of operations Craig Mullen and RLP chief scientist/historian Bob Evans accompanied the Odyssey team for the dive operation. Mr. Evans previously served as chief scientist, historian and later as curator for the initial Central America recovery operations conducted between 1988 and 1991.

During the dive, Odyssey’s ROV ZEUS flew over the shipwreck to assess the current condition of the site. Gold ingots and other artifacts were clearly visible on the surface of the site during the dive and no excavation was required for their removal. Given the reconnaissance purpose of the dive, only five gold ingots, two gold coins, a bottle, a piece of pottery, a sample of the shipwreck’s wooden structure, and an element of a scientific experiment that was left at the site more than 20 years ago were recovered. The positions of the recovered artifacts were documented for archaeological purposes and will be noted in the detailed site plan that is being created. The archaeological excavation of the site will be undertaken once the pre-disturbance survey provides detailed documentation of the site.

“This dive confirms for me that the site has not been disturbed since 1991, when I was last there,” said Bob Evans chief scientist/historian for RLP.

RLP director of operations Craig Mullen added, “The skill exhibited and results achieved during the initial reconnaissance dive reinforces our belief that the Odyssey team was the absolute best choice for this project. In addition to the cargo recovery operation, we plan to collect deep-ocean biological samples for Dr. Timothy Shank, a deep-ocean biologist and head of the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Our objective is to document and provide Dr. Shank with samples of species that have returned to the site since previous operations ended. Odyssey’s documentation capabilities will contribute significantly to scientific understanding of deep-ocean biological processes. This continues a history of supporting scientific research at the site.”

Odyssey was selected for the project by Ira Owen Kane, the court-appointed receiver who represents Recovery Limited Partnership (RLP) and Columbus Exploration LLC (CE). The contract has been approved by the Common Pleas Court of Franklin County, Ohio, which has given Mr. Kane responsibility with overseeing the recovery project.

The archaeological excavation, valuable cargo recovery and ship-board conservation will be conducted and underwritten by Odyssey on behalf of RLP. In return, Odyssey will receive 80% of recovery proceeds until a fixed mobilization fee and a negotiated day rate are paid. Thereafter, Odyssey will receive 45% of the recovery proceeds.

About the SS Central America

The SS Central America was an 85-meter (280-foot) wooden-hulled, copper-sheathed, three-masted side-wheel steamship launched in 1853 as the SS George Law. Operating during the California Gold Rush era, the ship was in continuous service on the Atlantic leg of the Panama Route between New York and San Francisco, making 43 round trips between New York and Panama. The Central America was caught in a hurricane and sank 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina on September 12, 1857. When she was lost, the SS Central America was carrying a large consignment of gold for commercial parties, mainly in the form of ingots and freshly minted U.S. $20 Double Eagle coins. Because of the large quantity of gold lost with the ship, public confidence in the economy was shaken, which contributed to the Panic of 1857.

The Columbus-America Discovery Group, acting as agent for RLP, confirmed the location of the Central America shipwreck site in September 1988 at a depth of 2,200 meters (7,200 feet). Recovery operations were conducted over a four-year period (1988-1991) and a large quantity of commercial gold was recovered from approximately 5% of the shipwreck site during more than 1,000 hours of bottom time.

Odyssey Marine Exploration has been awarded the exclusive contract to conduct an archaeological excavation and recover the remaining valuable cargo from the SS Central America shipwreck.

About RLP

Recovery Limited Partnership (RLP) was organized in 1985 as an Ohio limited partnership to finance the SS Central America project. Columbus-American Discovery Group LLC (CADG), as agent for RLP, initiated an admiralty action in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia to establish ownership of the shipwreck and all of its contents. After more than a decade of litigation, the court ruled that CADG owned 92.5% of the recovered gold.

Ira Owen Kane was appointed as the receiver for Recovery Limited Partnership and Columbus Exploration LLC by the Common Pleas Court of Franklin County, Ohio. At the direction of the court, the goal of the receiver is to preserve and operate the business of RLP and Columbus Exploration for the benefit of the investors and their creditors, and to do so by initiating the operations necessary to recover valuable cargo and cultural heritage items that remain on the SS Central America shipwreck site.

About Odyssey Marine Exploration

Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMEX) is engaged in deep-ocean exploration using innovative methods and state of-the-art technology for shipwreck projects and mineral exploration. For additional details, please visit www.odysseymarine.com. The company also maintains a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/OdysseyMarine and a Twitter feed @OdysseyMarine. For additional details on Odyssey Marine Exploration, please visit www.odysseymarine.com.

Forward Looking Information

Odyssey Marine Exploration believes the information set forth in this Press Release may include “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. Certain factors that could cause results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements are set forth in “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 17, 2014. The financial and operating projections as well as estimates of mining assets are based solely on the assumptions developed by Odyssey that it believes are reasonable based upon information available to Odyssey as of the date of this release. All projections and estimates are subject to material uncertainties, and should not be viewed as a prediction or an assurance of actual future performance. The validity and accuracy of Odyssey’s projections will depend upon unpredictable future events, many of which are beyond Odyssey’s control and, accordingly, no assurance can be given that Odyssey’s assumptions will prove true or that its projected results will be achieved.

CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACT:
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         Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.
         (813) 876-1776 x 2335
         lshows@odysseymarine.com
         

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         Liolios Group, Inc.
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Historic silver coin hoard find in Riddlesden

May 2, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Charity, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Miran Rahman. May 1st 2014. (http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/)

 charity fundraiser from Keighley who only recently took up metal detecting is already celebrating a major archaeological discovery.

Stephen Auker, 57, has struck gold… well, silver to be precise!

He has discovered dozens of silver Roman coins at a site in Riddlesden, the precise location of which is being kept secret.

The coins are all more than 1,700 years old, and date from the time of famed Roman emperors such as Hadrian, Trajan and Marcus Aurelius. They have already been named ‘The Riddlesden Hoard’, but have still to be valued.

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Inquests find medieval and Bronze Age relics found by metal detectors in West Norfolk are treasure

April 29, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, History, Museums, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By Chris Bishop.  April 29, 2014 (http://www.edp24.co.uk/)

A hoard of 12 silver coins has been declared treasure, meaning their finder can keep them, at a coroner’s inquest today.

The coins were found by Stephen Sproule whilst he was metal detecting on land at Fincham, near Downham Market, in October 2011.

Coroner Jacqueline Lake said the small silver coins were known as Sceattas and represented the first type of penny, which were minted from 675AD until the middle of the 8th Century.

“They were scattered over a wide area but would appear to represent a hoard or part of a hoard, rather than stray losses over time” she said.

“These coins are in good condition and had not been in circulation long when deposited.”

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Ancient coins are discovered

April 27, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, British Coins, Coins, Collecting, English Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: Richard Rush. April 27th, 2014 (http://www.loughboroughecho.net)

They will be examined and valued by the Treasure Valuation Committee at the British Museum

A GROUP of local metal detector users has unearthed five 400-year-old coins dating from the time of Elizabeth I on the Garendon Estate.

The Loughborough Coin and Search Society’s discovery came on September 29, 2013, on land owned by Squire De Lisle near Bedlam Farm, Hathern.

All five silver sixpences date from between 1560 and 1582, predating the Spanish Armada and William Shakespeare’s move to London.

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Sheffield metal detection fan nets ‘find of a lifetime’

March 13, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, British Coins, Coins, Collecting, English Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Pennies, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

March 12th, 2014 (http://www.thestar.co.uk/)

A unique penny dating from the reign of King Stephen over 850 years ago has been found by a Sheffield metal detecting enthusiast.

The silver penny – which is expected to fetch up to £10,000 at auction, and rewrite the history of early English coinage – was found in a field.

The coin, which dates from a chaotic period of civil war, will be sold at auction in London on April 2.

“This is an extraordinary discovery,” said Christopher Webb, head of the coins department at specialist auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb. “It is tremendously exciting.”

The man who found the coin – a joiner from Sheffield who wants to remain anonymous – was searching a field near Nottingham, with the farmer’s permission, last November.

He had already found a few low-value coins and buttons when his detector bleeped again.

“I dug it out and immediately I knew it wasn’t the run of the mill stuff I usually get,” he said.

“When I got it home I ran it under the tap. I didn’t dare do anything else with it.”

The man recorded his find with the authorities and got in touch with experts who revealed the coin was issued by Robert de Ferrers, second Earl of Derby, in the early 1140s.

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Shilling discovery could rewrite Canadian history

March 6, 2014 in Antique Coins, British Coins, Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By Clément Sabourin AFP March, 4th. 2014 (http://news.yahoo.com)

Victoria (Canada) (AFP) – An amateur treasure hunter with a hand-held metal detector has turned Canadian history on its head after finding a 16th century shilling buried in clay on the shores of Vancouver Island.

The 435-year-old coin discovered in western-most Canada has rekindled a theory that a British explorer made a secret voyage here two centuries before it was discovered by Spanish sailors.

Official historical records show the Spanish were the first Europeans to set foot in what is now Canada’s British Columbia province in 1774, followed four years later by British Royal Navy Captain James Cook.

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Silver bullion from sunken WWII ship makes it to the Mint at last

October 1, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Archaeology, British Coins, Coins, Commemorative, News, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, The Royal Mint, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, UK Coins, World Coins

Coins commemorating 1941 sinking of SS Gairsoppa are part of 100-tonne haul recovered from North Atlantic

By: Maev Kennedy  theguardian.com

Commemorative silver coins are being struck from shipwrecked bullion that arrived at the Royal Mint more than 70 years late, after a German torpedo sent the ship carrying it to the bottom of the North Atlantic during the second world war.

The coins, intended for collectors, are made from part of a haul of almost 100 tonnes of silver recovered from a wreck lying three miles down, deeper than the Titanic. The silver is valued at up to £150m, the largest quantity of precious metal ever recovered from such a depth.

The coins show the doomed ship SS Gairsoppa, which sank on 17 February 1941 off the Irish coast after it was hit by a single German torpedo fired by U-boat U-101 weighed down by 7,000 tonnes of cargo including thousands of tons of pig iron.

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Divers find unexpected treasures among coins in shipwreck off Dominican Republic

September 15, 2013 in Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — A Florida based treasure hunting firm has discovered a 450-year-old ship that wrecked off the Dominican coast. Among its valuable cargo — the single largest cache of 16th century pewter tableware ever discovered. The ship was also carrying extremely rare Spanish silver coins from the late 1400’s through the mid 1500’s and several gold artifacts. This unprecedented find of 16th century pewter will re-write history books, as many of the maker’s marks stamped into the fine pewter have never been seen before. While the value of the gold and silver recovered is easily determined, surprisingly, experts place the value of this four and a half century old pewter collection into the millions. The collection includes plates, platters, porringers, salts and flagons in an array of sizes and styles.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130912/FL79114)

Divers from Anchor Research and Salvage (a Global Marine Exploration, Inc. company) working with the Punta Cana Foundation painstakingly excavated the wreck site under contract with the Underwater Cultural Heritage division of the Dominican Minister of Culture.

Anchor Research and Salvage has recently completed surveying operations on their southwestern coastal lease area off theDominican Republic, revealing numerous previously undiscovered shipwrecks. Noted shipwreck archaeologist and author SirRobert F. Marx estimates that there is several billion dollars of submerged treasures in the southern coastal area alone, and ten times that amount waiting in Global Marine Exploration’s future target areas. Investigation and recovery operations in theDominican Republic continue.

CEO Robert Pritchett said, “Sample artifacts from these newly discovered wreck sites indicate that we may have found an entire fleet of early Galleons that wrecked on their way back to Spain carrying the riches of the new world.” Pritchett also mentions that negotiations are well underway for GME and its companies to provide artifact rescue and excavation services in other countries as well. “GME’s unique business model opens up a new age for cost-effective and archaeologically sensitive shipwreck exploration. Other countries are seeing how well we document and record the archaeological evidence in the Dominican Republic, and we are in talks with other nations in the Caribbean and beyond,” said Pritchett.

More info available at www.gmexploration.com

Contact Robert H. Pritchett – bpb1313@gmail.com

SOURCE Global Marine Exploration, Inc.

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Romanian who discovered largest silver treasury gets EUR 10,000 reward from Govt. before receiving almost half of treasure’s value

September 11, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, Turkish Coins, World Coins

By Romania Insider. Sept 11th, 2013 (http://www.romania-insider.com)

The young Romanian who discovered a 54 kilo silver treasure and handed it over to the Museum of History will get a further EUR 200,000 reward, after already receiving around EUR 10,000 from the Romanian Government.

By law, the person who discovers an archeological artifact is entitled to 45 percent of its value.

The 47,000 silver coins discovered by Iulian near Ramnicu Valcea are worth around EUR 0.5 million on the free market.

Enache will get the reward entitled by law after the entire treasure he discovered will be assessed by experts.

The additional reward was given to Enache by Prime Minister Victor Ponta on Wednesday, September 11, in recognition of his efforts and his honesty in handing over the treasure to the museum.

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