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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Carlos III Gold 8 Escudos 1773 M-PJ PCGS Genuine Graffiti Coin AU Details D814

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ATOCHA 8 REALES, GRADE 2, SILVER COIN (23.4 grams) with ORIGINAL MEL FISHER COA

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Silver Coin Grade 2 Spanish Shipwreck, Nuestra Senora de Atocha 8 reales Fisher

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1788, Kingdom of Spain, Charles III. Spanish Gold 2 Escudos Coin. 6.66gm!

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One of a Kind! Ancient Spanish Gold Coin in a 18kt Yellow Gold Gold Pendant!

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1595, Kingdom of Spain, Philip II. Silver 4 Reales Cob Coin.Full Date! PCGS VF35

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1622, Bolivia, Philip IV. Colonial Silver 8 Reales Cob Coin. Assr. P! PCGS VF20!

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

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

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1845 Costa Rica 2 Reales on Spain 1831 2 Reales NGC F-Details

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1621, Bolivia, Philip III. Large Spanish Colonial Silver 8 Reales Cob Coin. aVF!

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RARE SPAIN-España /Monedas coloniales 5 PIECES LOT COB OF 2 REALES PIRATES COINS

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High Grade 1738 Genuine Silver Spanish 1/2 Reales Treasure Cob Coin Ring sz 11

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SPAIN. APPROX. 15000 PESETAS COINS. JOB LOT / BUNDLE EXCHANGEABLE FOR ABOUT €90

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RARE Moneda colonial BOLIVIA - PERU POTOSI mint P T PHILLIP III-IV 8 REALES COB

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RARE SPANISH España 8 REALES COB PHILLIP III - IV PIRATES COIN

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

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1776, Spain, Charles III. "Charitable Fund of the Planters of Malaga" Medal. R!

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

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

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1782 MO FF Mexico 8 Reales El Cazador 8R Shipwreck Coin,NGC Certified,Very Good

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1805 Spain Silver 8 Reales

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

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RARE SPANISH España 8 REALES COB PHILLIP III - IV PIRATES COIN

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1861 Spain ~20 Reales ~ Silver~ Crown Sized ~ Free USA Shipping

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1783 MO FF 2 Reales El Cazador Shipwreck Coin,NGC Certified Excellent Condition

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1615, Kingdom of Spain, Philip III. Silver 4 Reales Cob Coin. (VG-F) Seville!

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Dated 1676 Piece Of 8 Reales - Silver Hallmarked Quality Detailed

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EX. RARE Moneda colonial - MEXICO COB OF 4 REALES Mo F PHILLIP III PIRATES COIN

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VERY SCARCE & AMAZING LOT *** ONLY SILVER *** SOME VERY SCARCE

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1797 Spanish Silver 8 Reales Coin.

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1783 Spain Gold Escudo KM#415.1 Carolus III Madrid Mint in 18k Gold Bezel

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Spain: 5 Pesetas 1898- SGV "Alfonso XIII". PCGS AU 53

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1799 Spain Mexico 8 Reales Portrait Milled Dollar

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

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1555, Santo Domingo, Charles & Joanna of Spain. Copper 4 Maravedis Coin. 2pcs!

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1871 5 Pesetas Spain Amadeo I .900 Fine Silver Counter Stamped

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SPAIN 10 Euro 2002 Proof - Silver - EU Presidency - 2387 ¤

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SPAIN 2000 Pesetas 2001 Proof - Silver - Anniversary of Segovia Mint - 2383 ¤

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Spain 5 Centimes 1877 Superb Aunc!!!

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1888 SPAIN FIVE PESETAS-SCARCE BETTER DATE!! Y8984

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SPAIN: 1885 FIVE PESETAS - SCARCE!! NO RESERVE!! #Z5816

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1898 SPAIN FIVE PESETAS-SCARCE BETTER DATE!! Y8991

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RARE SPANISH España Toledo mint mark To C COB OF 2 REALES PIRATES COIN

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SPAIN 2 Maravedis 1833 - Copper - Ferdinand VII. - XF - 1815

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1739 MADRID 1 REAL PHILIP V SPANISH COLONIAL SILVER

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

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SPAIN 12 Euro 2005 - Silver - Don Quixote - Juan Carlos I. - aUNC - 1918

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SPAIN 12 Euro 2002 - Silver - Spanish European Union Presidency - aUNC - 1919

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1819 SPAIN 2 MARAVEDIS FERNANDO X11

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1823, Kingdom of Spain, Valencia(Province), Ferdinand VII. Silver 4 Reales Coin.

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Spain 5 Centimos 1868 Isabelle II, Copper coin

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SPAIN ALFONSO XIII, 5 PESETAS, 1891-PG.M (91), SILVER COIN VF

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30 x Spain Maravedis base metal coins lot # 54

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

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1885 Spain 5 Pesetas Alfonso XII .900 Fine Silver

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1870, Spain (Provisional Government). Large Silver 5 Pesetas Coin. VF/aXF!

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V. RARE SPANISH España 4 REALES COB PHILLIP III - IV PIRATES COIN

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RARE SPANISH España Toledo mint To P COB OF 2 REALES FULL DATE 1621 PIRATES COIN

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1839, Spain, Catalonia (Province), Isabel II. Large Copper 6 Quartos Coin. XF+

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10 COINS FROM SPAIN & PORTUGAL DATED 1867 TO 1951 IN FAIR OR BETTER CONDITION

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1783 MO FF 1 Reales El Cazador Shipwreck Coin,NGC Certified Genuine

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1792 MF SPANISH 4 REALES SILVER COIN - BIDDING STARTS AT .99 CENTS & NO RESERVE!

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SPAIN ALFONSO XII, 5 PESETAS, 1875-DE.M (75), SILVER COIN VF+

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SPAIN ALFONSO XII, 5 PESETAS, 1885-MS.M (86), SILVER COIN VF

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SPAIN ALFONSO XIII, 5 PESETAS, 1888-MP.M (88), SILVER COIN VF

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(1777 CF ) SPAIN (2 REALES) SILVER w/ COUNTERMARK (REJILLA ) ----CARIBBEAN--

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Old Spain Spanish Cobb Pirate Coin Lot of 4 Coins 1 has Chop Mark Colonial Money

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SPAIN KM 626.1 1867 ESCUDO FINE 9.95

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Old Spanish Copper Pirate Reales Cob Coin Colonial 8 Marvedis Treasure 1600's #U

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SPAIN 8 MARAVEDIS 1796 COPPER SCARCE 185P BY COINMOUNTAIN

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RARE SPANISH España COB OF 2 REALES FULL DATE 1603 PIRATES COIN

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Real Spanish Copper Pirate Cob Colonial Treasure Coin Great high grade

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SPAIN AMADEO I, 5 PESETAS, 1871-DE.M (74), SILVER COIN GVF

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V. RARE SPANISH España SEVILLA 4 REALES COB PHILLIP III PIRATES COIN

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Mixed coin lot - countermarked hammered coins - Spanish? 164.9g

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SPANISH SILVER COB- HALF REAL - MEXICO MINT - COLONIAL COIN -

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1778, Kingdom of Spain, Charles III. Copper 4 Maravedis Coin. Segovia mint!

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SPAIN (Kingdom) 10 Centimos 1858 - Copper - Isabel II. - VF - 1814

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1819 SPAIN 8 MARAVEDIS KM# 491

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1 REAL SHIELD TYPE COB (CUT OFF BAR), SILVER, CUT FRAGMENT, WEIGHS .25 GRAMS

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V. RARE SPAIN ESPAÑA 8 MARAVEDIS 1603 KING PHILIP V SEGOVIA MINT COPPER COIN

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1793 IJ SPANISH 2 REALES SILVER COIN - BIDDING STARTS AT .99 CENTS & NO RESERVE!

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SPAIN COIN 1842 8 MARAVEDIS SEGOVIA COPPER - KM#531.3 F+

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Handful Of Spanish Dug Bronze Coins

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1605, Bolivia, Philip III. Interesting Colonial Silver ½ Real Cob Coin. R!

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Old Spanish Copper Pirate Reales Cob Coin Colonial 8 Marvedis Treasure 1600's #R

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Moneda 5 Pesetas Plata 1871 silver coin Argent Spain Espana

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SPAIN 2 Maravedis 1778 - Copper - Charles III. - F/VF - 1816

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Old Spanish Copper Pirate Reales Cob Coin Colonial 8 Marvedis Treasure 1600's #S

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SPAIN -SILVER CROWN-5 PESETAS- AMADEO I YEAR 1871 -SDM * Stars 18-71

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