FOUND > Sunken Treasure Worth $17-Billion

11-Million Gold Coins, Silver & Emeralds

18th century painting of the explosion of San José by Samuel Scott.
FIND: Shipwreck Coins | Shipwreck Antiques
May 24, 2018
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

CARTAGENA, COLUMBIA - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has released new details regarding the recovery of a 300-year-old shipwreck with a treasure worth up to $17 billion.

THE TREASURE

The Spanish galleon, San Jose, sank June 8, 1708, while trying to outrun British warships. The ship's treasure of gold, silver, and emeralds, has an estimated value in the range of $3 - $17 billion.

The story of the San Jose treasure shared by ABC News.

Reportedly, the bulk of the estimated value, is based on the ship holding 11-million gold doubloons at the time of its sinking. That amount would be similar to its surviving sister ship the San Joaquín.

HISTORIC BATTLE

Historical records indicate the British navy’s intention was to capture and board the ship. However, one hour into the battle the ship suddenly exploded and immediately sank.

Tragically, only 11 people from the San Jose were estimated to have survived the explosion and sinking. Nearly 600 crew and passengers were lost.

TODAY'S BATTLE

In 1981, a group of investors from the U.S. funded an expedition which claimed to have found the ship. They've been in a multi-decade legal battle with Columbia, for a percentage of the treasure.

Trailer for film about the San Jose legal battle, shared by Grant O'Kane.

Besides the U.S. investment company, there are also conflicting ownership claims between Spain and Columbia. Both countries are asserting ownership rights to the treasure.

The only group involved who doesn't appear to be in the legal battle, is the Woods Hole researchers. They've stated in a CBS News article they're not involved in the ownership dispute, and are focused on exploring the area, not treasure hunting.

So far, it appears the main benefactors of this treasure, may be the legal teams.

TREASURE REMOVAL & SALE

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FREE TOOLS & RESEARCH


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Atocha Shipwreck Coin Silver 8 Reales (Better Grade 2) Potosi Raised Seal COA.

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1810 M AI Spain 20 Reals NGC AU-53 DE VELLON-LARGE EAGLE

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1807/0/1, Spain, Charles IV. Spanish Gold 2 Escudos Coin. (Overdate!) 6.72gm!

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1783 MO FF Mexico Whale Cluster Clump 8 Reales El Cazador 8R Shipwreck Coin,NGC

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1781 MO FF Mexico 8 Reales El Cazador 8R Shipwreck Coin,NGC Certified,Excellent

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1783 MO FF Mexico 8 Reales El Cazador 8R Shipwreck Coin,NGC Certified,Excellent

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RARE Moneda colonial - MEXICO COB OF 8 REALES Mo D PHILLIP III - IV

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1783 MO FF Mexico 8 Reales El Cazador 8R Shipwreck Coin,NGC Certified,Very Good

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1804 T.H. Mo Mexican 8 Reales, Silver Coin Mexico City Mint Nice Details

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Circa 1700s, severely clipped 8 reales of Spain - piece of 8

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1731 SPANISH SILVER 1 REALES COIN PIECE OF 8 PIRATE SHIPWRECK TREASURE?

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++ 2 REALES 1754 SPAIN SEVILLA - SPANISH EMPIRE - FERNANDO VI ESPAÑA ~

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RARE SPANISH Toledo To P, 4 REALES COB PHILLIP III- IV PIRATES COIN

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RARE Moneda colonial BOLIVIA-PERU POTOSI PHILLIP III-IV 8 REALES COB PIRATE COIN

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Lot of 6 Spanish Silver Reale & Half Reale Colonial Type Coins #ZS128

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JA - Espanha 2 Reales 1761 S JN Sevilha Prata

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1622 Santa Margarita Shipwreck Recovered Pearl Fisher Cert., Atocha Sister Ship

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1680s, Large, silver coin, 28 stuivers of King Matthias, Spanish Netherlands.

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SPANISH España VALLADOLID? 2 REALES S H COB PHILLIP II PIRATES COIN

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1621, Mexico, Philip III. Spanish Colonial Silver 4 Reales Cob Coin. F+

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LIMA - SILVER 8 REALES - KING CAROLUS IIII- YEAR 1793 -J.J. - SHIPWRECK!!!!

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EX. RARE Moneda colonial BOLIVIA - PERU POTOSI PHILLIP III - IV 4 REALES COB

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++ COB 4 REALES 1751 BOLIVIA - PIRATES COIN - FERNANDO VI ESPAÑA ~

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1796 FM Mo Mexico 8 Reales Circulated Silver Coin Mexico City Mint

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1783 MO FF 1/2 Reales El Cazador Shipwreck Coin,PCGS Certified Excellent

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SPANISH 8 REALES SILVER COB COIN PIECES OF EIGHT SHIPWRECK COIN

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1810 Spain 8 Reales Silver Foreign Coin

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1783 MO FF Mexico 8 Reales El Cazador 8R Shipwreck Coin,ANACS Certified, F 15

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++ PHILIP IV : COB 2 REALES ca.1626-27 SPAIN SEVILLA - MACUQUINA - ESPAÑA ~

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SPAIN AMADEO I, 5 PESETAS, 1871-SD.M (71), SILVER COIN GVF

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Spain 1721 J Silver 2 Reales Removed from Jewelry Holed

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++ 8 REALES 1788 MEXICO - CARLOS III of SPAIN ESPAÑA - KM# 106.2a ~

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976-1009 Umayyds Of Spain Dirham Silver Foreign Coin

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1711 Spain 2 Reales

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Spain UN 50 anniversary coin. Nice silver proof coin

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1773, Charles III coin of Spain.

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1787-1800 National Collector’s Mint Authentic 4 Coin Reale Portrait Type Set

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1892 SPAIN SILVER 5 PESETAS

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1574-1622 Portuguese 4 Reales Sao Jose Shipwreck Coin NGC Certified,Excellent

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the rare 1870 Spanish Coin Ancient Pirate Sea Shipwreck Era Old Spain Antique US

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1661 Spain 8 Maravedis Foreign Coin

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.900 Silver 1881 MS-M Spain 5 Pesetas KM# 676 Alfonso XII Start at Melt # 712

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SPAIN SILVER CROWN 5 PESETAS 1898 UNC FREE SHIPPING

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1891 Spain 5 Pesetas Silver Foreign Coin

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RARE Moneda colonial- MEXICO COB OF 8 REALES PHILLIP III - IV PIRATES LARGE COIN

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1888 Spain Alfonso XIII 5 Pesetas Silver Coin

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1663-R Spain 16 Maravedis Foreign Coin

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++ 8 REALES 1782 MEXICO - CARLOS III of SPAIN ESPAÑA - KM# 106.2 ~

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1867 SPAIN 40 CENTIMOS

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SPAIN SILVER CROWN 20 REALES 1854 ISABEL FREE SHIPPING

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1875 SPAIN 5 PESETAS - AU - Huge Value Silver Crown - Must Have Coin - Lot #815

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Spain 1775 Silver 2 Reales Circulated

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Estate Found 1708 Spain 2 Reales CARLOS Monogram Silver Coin

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1797 SPANISH REALES SILVER COIN COLONIAL SPAIN COIN TREASURE SILVER COIN

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1810 SPANISH REALES SILVER COIN COLONIAL SPAIN COIN TREASURE SILVER COIN

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1802 SPANISH REALES SILVER COIN COLONIAL SPAIN COIN TREASURE SILVER COIN

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1784 SPANISH REALES SILVER COIN COLONIAL SPAIN COIN TREASURE SILVER COIN

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1650s-1790s, Bolivia/Spain/Mexico. Silver 1/4, ½ & 1 Reales Cob Coins. 5pcs!

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SPAIN - SILVER CROWN - 5 PESETAS - KING ALFONSO XIII - YEAR 1890 - MP-M

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1760 Spain 2 Reales Silver Coin shipwreck?

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Spain 1774 Silver 2 Reales Circulated

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SPAIN 2 REALES 1812 LOOK !

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SPANISH España Sevilla 2 REALES S B COB PHILLIP II PIRATES COIN

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Spain millennium. Nice silver proof coin

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Spain 1870 2 Pesetas. Very well preserved silver coin! Rare Date!

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SPAIN 50 Centimos 1949/1963 - 3 coins - 2542 ¤

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RARE SPANISH España 2 REALES Full Date 161(?) COB PHILLIP III PIRATES COIN

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2 COPPER SPANISH PIRATE COBS__Colonial America__ORIGINAL TREASURE COINS__1600's

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1656 Maravillas Shipwreck Recovered 0.38 ct Colombian Emerald

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1760, 2 reales of Spain.

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1810 Spain Barcelona 1 Peseta Silver Foreign Coin

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PHILIPPUS V - SPAIN - SILVER 2 REALES - SEVILLA- YEAR 1721

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** EUZKADI (VISCAYAN REPUBLIC) 1937 - 2 PESETA... ONE YEAR TYPE **

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1900 SPAIN 50 CENTIMOS - BOY KING - Quality Silver Coin - Lot #811

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SPAIN, FRANCO 100 PESETAS, 1966 (1966) SILVER COIN

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