- On 06/08/2015
- In Treasure Hunting / Recoveries
By Cara O'Neil - The Mirror
A family of divers were stunned when they discovered £600,000 worth of buried treasure in the wreck of a ship that sank almost 300-years-ago to the day.
The Schmitt family, from Florida, retrieved 51 gold coins, a 40 foot ornate gold chain and a single coin, called a Royal, thought to have been made for King Phillip V of Spain.
All together, the family's plunder totals a whopping $1million (or £638,000), with the Royal coin alone thought to be worth about half that amount.
Even more unbelievably, their haul was found by diving in water just 15 feet deep. The treasure, which has been verified by 1715 Fleet - Queen Jewels LLC, is from a ship that sank on July 30, 1715, during a hurricane, which killed the entire crew.
The vessel was en route from Havana, Cuba, to Spain and was one of 11 to sink in the terrible weather.