Gold! $250K in centuries-old coins found

July 15, 2013 in Antique Coins, Archaeology, Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Ship Wrecks, Spain Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting

By Leslie Holland. July 15, 2013 (

(CNN) — “Constantly searching for a needle in a haystack” is what Brent Brisben says he does for a living, and on days like Saturday, the payoff makes the work worthwhile.

Brisben owns the 1715 Treasure Fleet Queen’s Jewels salvage company. This weekend, he and his crew of three found quite a few “needles” in their oceanic “haystack” — 48 gold coins that date back 300 years, to be exact.

The coins, called escudos, were part of the treasure aboard a fleet of 11 Spanish galleons wrecked by a hurricane off the Florida coast on July 31, 1715. It was this famous shipwreck that gave this part of Florida its nickname, The Treasure Coast.

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