$250K in Gold Found 100 Feet from Florida Coast

by | July 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM | General

Kate Seamons, Newser Staff

The 48 gold coins are from a 1715 shipwreck

You may want to pack your snorkeling gear the next time you’re headed to Florida’s eastern coast. The owner of a shipwreck-seeking salvage company has announced that he discovered 48 gold coins worth as much as $250,000 off Wabasso Beach on Saturday.

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And as CNN reports, he made the find just 100 feet from shore, at a depth of just 6 feet. The coins seem to be in good condition, so much so that their dates can be read—they were made between 1697 and 1714.

Brent Brisben was trawling an area befitting a search: the “Treasure Coast,” a part of Florida along the Atlantic where 11 treasure-laden Spanish galleons sank in a 1715 hurricane. But as WPTV reports, in their three years of searching, this is only the second time they’ve found so many coins.

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“It sounds glamorous, but it can take years to find anything,” says Captain Greg Bounds. “A lot of times, it’s beer cans, fishing weights, just garbage.”

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