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Watch: Diver finds $1 million in gold off Florida coast 300 years after shipwreck

Explorers find $1 million in gold coins and chains from the Spanish ship 1715 Fleet that shipwrecked off the Florida coast on July 31, 1715.
Explorers find $1 million in gold coins and chains from the Spanish ship 1715 Fleet that shipwrecked off the Florida coast on July 31, 1715. video image

A family of treasure hunters has found more than $1 million worth of gold artifacts off the coast of Florida.

You can hear how excited one of the individuals is in this video from New York Daily News.

Multiple media outlets reported Monday that boat captain Eric Schmitt and his family made the find June 17 about 15 feet deep in the Atlantic Ocean off Fort Pierce.

Brent Brisben is the co-founder of 1715 Treasure Fleet - Queens Jewels LLC, the company that owns the rights to the wreckage where the family found the gold. Brisben said the artifacts date from a 1715 maritime tragedy in which 11 Spain-bound galleons were lost during a hurricane.

He said the items recovered include 51 gold coins and 40 feet of ornate gold chain. There’s also a rare coin called a Royal that was destined for the king of Spain.

Source: The Associated Press, New York Daily News

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