Florida Beach Coughs Up 300 Year Old Silver Coins
A modern day treasure hunter found quite the booty this week on a popular Florida beach.
According to ABC Action News, Jonah Martinez discovered nearly two-dozen silver coins from a 300-year-old shipwreck. Martinez, who has been searching for buried treasure for more than 24 years now was quoted in the report as saying…
“When you pick up anything from these wrecks, you know you’re in the right place at the right time,”
Martinez and his friends normally search the beaches using metal detectors, and were using them to search Wabasso Beach last Friday night, when he suddenly got a hit on something.
Martinez said in his ABC29 report that he had a feeling he would hit on something special, and he did! Martinez says he uncovered 22 silver coins from the 1715 Treasure Fleet wreck involving 11 Spanish ships returning from a trading voyage to Cuba. The ships were said to have been wrecked near Sebastian during a hurricane.
Martinez estimates the coins to be worth $5,000 to $6,000, however, he does not plan to sell them.
Martinez says he and his group of friends have found around $13 million in treasure in his 24 years of searching. His finds include belt buckles, daggers, cutlery, porcelain, household items and rare noble menswear.
Martinez maintains that all those items were divided up between himself and his fellow treasure hunters, and they also have donated some things to museums.
Nichole Johanson of Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum explains that, Hurricanes have pushed the shipwrecks onto the reefs off the Treasure Coasts. Mel also says… That is why we are called the Treasure Coasts… because of these shipwrecks”.
So, I may need to check on getting one of those metal detectors myself, making an extra 13 million on a hobby sounds pretty good to me.
Take a look at some of the unique, lost or buried treasures folks have uncovered in the recent past…
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