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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1622 ATOCHA SHIPWRECK SPANISH 8 REALES SILVER COIN GRADE 2 MEL FISHER COA

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Genuine 1751 1/2 Reales Silver Spanish Treasure Cob Coin Custom Sterling Pendant

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Seville, Spain bust gold 1/2 escudo, Philip V, 1744 PJ

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K48 Spain Under Napoleon 1810 20 Reales XF/AU Very Light Hairline RARE

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EX. RARE Moneda colonial BOLIVIA - PERU POTOSI 8 REALES COB PIRATES COIN

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Sliver two reales 1754 Sevilla mint

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

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1648 Spanish Netherlands Silver Ducaton Shipwreck Coin

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Pre 1656 Maravillas Shipwreck Coin

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

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SPANISH NETHERLANDS BRABANT 1625 One 1 Patagon - Philip IV KM #53 -PMM

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RARE SPANISH España 4 REALES SEVILLA S R COB PHILLIP IV PIRATES COIN

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$54.93 with 6 bids


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

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

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☆ SPAIN EUROSET PROOF 2002 • box 8 COINS +1 SILVER 12 EURO PROOF ☆ ESPANA ☆C3242

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

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RARE SPANISH España 4 REALES MADRID? FULL DATE 1620 COB PHILLIP IV PIRATES COIN

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High Grade Genuine 1740 1/2 Reales Silver Spanish Treasure Cob Coin Sterling Rin

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NGC AU-55 SPAIN SILVER COB 2 REALES 1598-1621 (PHILIP-III)

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1612, Spanish Netherlands, Albert & Isabella. Silver Patagon (48 Sols) Coin. XF!

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++ 8 REALES 1821 RG ZACATECAS MEXICO WAR of INDEPENDENCE - FERNANDO VII SPAIN ~

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RARE SPANISH España 4 REALES SEVILLA S COB PHILLIP III - IV PIRATES COIN

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RARE Moneda colonial - MEXICO COB OF 2 REALES PHILLIP III - IV PIRATES COIN

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Spain: 9950 peseta

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1775 PJ Spain 4 Reales Silver Coin

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

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1623, Spanish Netherlands, Brabant, Philip IV. Silver Patagon Coin. Antwerp!

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1656, Spanish Netherlands, Brabant, Philip IV. Silver Patagon Coin. Brussels!

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K373 Spain 1833 2 Reales AU

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LOT OF 7 ANTIQUE SPANISH SILVER COINS UNA PESETA- 50 CENT 1866-1926

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1612, Spanish Netherlands, Albert & Isabella. Silver Patagon Coin. Tournai!

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51 OLD SPAIN & PORTUGAL COINS (1737-1960) IMPRESSIVE COLLECTIBLES > NO RESERVE

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ATOCHA Shipwreck Sunken Treasure UNCUT EMERALDS FOUND BY Mel Fisher

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1798 KING CHARLES IV IIII SPAIN SILVER 2 TWO REALES COIN

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1808 SPANISH SILVER TWO REALES COIN. SEVILLE MINT. CAROLUS IIII OF SPAIN. 2 R.

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the rare 1870 Spanish Coin Ancient Pirate Sea Shipwreck Treasure Chest Era Old

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

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SPAIN. SILVER PIECE OF EIGHT. PIRATE TREASURE! Ref. 2193.

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K371 Spain 1721 2 Reales Cross Type

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1718-JJ 2 Reales Spain VF K1394

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1778 over 7 | 4 Reales Spanish Silver Coin w/ Damage Bolivia Mint Mark #A200

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1795 ES Spain, 4 Reals, F 4R Fine

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M187 Spain 1721 2 Reales Cross Type

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V.RARE SPANISH España 2 REAL FULL DATE 1628 COB PHILLIP IV PIRATES COIN

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V.RARE SPANISH España 2 REAL TOLEDO To P COB PHILLIP III PIRATES COIN

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Spain 1757 Unreserched Coin Or Token Solid Silver RELISTED NOT PAYMENT

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K374 Spain Napoleon I 1811 4 Reales

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NGC XF-40 TOLEDO (SPAIN) SILVER COB 2 REALES 1621-65 (PHILIP-IV)

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SPANISH FRANCISCO FRANCO 100 PESETAS GOLD COIN W/ DISPLAY CARD

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N105 Spain 1734 2 Reales Cross Type

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N107 Spain 1735 2 Reales Cross Type

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

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V.RARE SPANISH España 2 REAL TOLEDO To C COB PHILLIP III PIRATES COIN

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V.RARE SPANISH España 1 REAL SEVILLA S D COB PHILLIP III - IV PIRATES COIN

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1793 KING CHARLES IV IIII SPAIN SILVER 2 TWO REALES COIN

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K123 Spain 1885 5 Pesetas VF

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++ PHILIP V : 2 REALES 1721 SEVILLA SPAIN ESPAÑA KM# 307 ~

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L207 Spain Charles the Pretender 1709 2 Reales

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SPAIN ALFONSO XIII, 5 PESETAS, 1898 SG-V (98) SILVER COIN VF

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K122 Spain 1861 10 Reales Fine

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2 COPPER SPANISH PIRATE COBS__Colonial America__ORIGINAL TREASURE COINS__1600's

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K372 Spain 1812 2 Reales

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L208 Spain Charles the Pretender 171? 2 Reales 15% Off-Center Error

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M197 Spain 1760 2 Reales Cross Type

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M198 Spain 1761 2 Reales Cross Type

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M200 Spain 1770 2 Reales Cross Type

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1809 SPAIN 8 REALE SILVER COIN.........MIN. BID .01 & NO RESERVE!

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L212 Spain Charles the Pretender 1713 2 Reales Bent

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RARE SPANISH España 4 REALES TOLEDO To P COB PHILLIP IV PIRATES COIN

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2 reales Potosí Charles III 1680

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M189 Spain 1724 2 Reales Cross Type

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V.RARE SPANISH España 2 REAL FULL DATE 1611 COB PHILLIP III PIRATES COIN

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L213 Spain Charles the Pretender 1714 2 Reales

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PHILIP III 1602-1620 4 MARAVEDIS -"VI" COUNTERMARK- VERY FINE KM#6

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L210 Spain Charles the Pretender 1712 2 Reales

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M194 Spain 1757 2 Reales Cross Type

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1787S CM Spain Escudo NGC AU50

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M196 Spain 1760 2 Reales Cross Type

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SPAIN ALFONSO XII, 5 PESETAS, 1885 MS-M SILVER COIN VF

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1847 JA 4 Maravedis Spain PCGS MS 64 SECURE SHIELD HOLDER Isabel de Trastamara

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SPAIN AMADEO I, 5 PESETAS, 1871 DE-M (75) SILVER COIN VF

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11 different coins from Spain : 1868 - 1945

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L206 Spain Charles the Pretender 1708 2 Reales

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M199 Spain 1766 2 Reales Cross Type

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