$250K in Gold Found 100 Feet From Florida Coast
The 48 gold coins are from a 1715 shipwreck
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2013 6:00 AM CDT
The coins.   (WPTV screenshot)

(Newser) – 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. 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. "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." (For more shipwreck news, head here.)

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slammer
Jul 16, 2013 9:26 AM CDT
so thats where it went! thanks guys you can send it back to me now!
homer57
Jul 16, 2013 7:13 AM CDT
You that reminds me: on Aug 22nd 1989, I found a TREASURE too: I mean it realy is a treasure in this earthen vessel...I found Jesus Christ, and that is worth more than all the Gold or sliver or diamonds that be found on this earth! There is Much more awaiting me in heaven too: maybe you ought to find the same treasure....1 Peter 3:18 KJV
OrneryPup
Jul 16, 2013 1:14 AM CDT
Not long ago, I found a $5 gold coin ( 1/10th ounce .999 gold ) in the original plastic cover in the clamshell box. Found it in a dumpster. Over the years, I have found a surprising amount of gold and silver in the same roll-off dumpster. It's true ! Ha, I ain't tellin' where.