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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RESEARCH ROUNDUP


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FOLLOW PRICES - Another way to monitor the price strength of more common Spanish coins (below), is to keep an eye on the highest bid items (below) in the Gold Bullion and Coin categories on eBay.


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Full DATE - ATOCHA 8 REALE SILVER COIN, GRADE 2, COA Raised Seal Mel Fisher 

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NUESTRA SENORA DE ATOCHA POTOSI 8 REALE SILVER SHIPWRECK COIN w MEL FISHER CERT

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NUESTRA SENORA DE ATOCHA POTOSI 8 REALE SILVER SHIPWRECK COIN w MEL FISHER CERT

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

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Lot of 2 - 1790 Spanish Chop Marked Silver (.903) 8 Reales Coins

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1737 MoMF 8 REALES "PILLAR DOLLAR" ROOSWIJK SHIPWRECK NGC GENUINE > NO RESERVE

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Lot of 2 Large Colombia Silver Coins: 1847 10 Reales and 1843 8 Reales

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Spanish 2 Reale Cob From The Wreck Of The 1715 Fleet With Mel Fisher COA

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1598-1732 Princess Louisa 4 Reales Shipwreck Coin NGC Certified,Excellent

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1784 El Cazador Shipwreck Recovered (1777-83) Mexico Silver 8 Reales NGC Genuine

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Isabel II 10 Shields 1868 Madrid Gold Coin w/ hole (used as a earring)

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Genuine 1738 1/2 Reales Silver Spanish Treasure Cob Coin Sterling Ring(sz 10)

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1802 Spanish Chop Marked Silver (.896) 8 Reales Coin

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VINTAGE ATOCHA SHIPWRECK 8 REALE COIN 14K YELLOW GOLD PENDANT W/ INFO

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *125

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *089

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *130

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *124

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1777 MADRID 1/2 ESCUDO CHARLES III GOLD SPANISH COLONIAL SPAIN, Looped/Damaged

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1786 Spain DV Gold 1/2 Escudo - Damaged

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Genuine 1733 1 Reales Silver Spanish Treasure Cob Coin Jewelry Pendant

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

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *129

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *090

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Spain/ Bust of Alfonso XIII/ Constitutional King/ 1902/ COPPER MEDAL

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1600s Spanish Cob 1 Real Potosi Shipwreck Consolacion Silver Coin w/ ATC COA

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1598-1732 Princess Louisa 8 Reales Shipwreck 8R Coin NGC Certified,Excellent

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *092

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$41.00 with 9 bids


SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *128

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RARE SPANISH España 4 REALES COB TOLEDO T C FULL DATE 1596 PIRATES LARGE COIN

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *127

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$27.00 with 9 bids


SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *091

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$27.00 with 4 bids


SPAIN 2 Pesetas 1905 (05) SM-V - Silver - Alfonso XIII. - XF/aUNC - 2944

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SPAIN 5 Pesetas 1871 DE-M - Silver - Amadeo I. - VF - 2945

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *102

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49 OLD SPAIN & PORTUGAL SILVERS & COPPERS > MUST SEE PICS (1699-1959) > NO RSRV

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *097

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Ancient Pirate Shipwreck Coin--SILVER---Spanish ???? Reales Cob

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *093

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LORACWIN NICE LOT OF 20 PIRATE COBS SPANISH COLONIAL COINS

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *094

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *095

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *096

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *099

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *098

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *100

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SPAIN 5 PESETAS 1877

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1975(76) SPAIN 25 PESETAS PCGS MS66 BEAUTIFUL & TONED COIN NONE GRADED HIGHER

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SPAIN 1 Escudo 1867 - Silver - Isabel II. - VF- - 2922

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XF!!! -SILVER-5 PESETAS-KING ALFONSO XIII - YEAR 1898- SGV-Date in stars 18-98

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Beautiful 1783 8 Reales from EL CAZADOR (The Hunter) shipwreck 1784 Louisiana

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SPAIN 5 Pesetas 1889 (89) MP-M - Silver - Alfonso XIII. - VF - 2949

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Spain Alfonso XII Silver 1885 MS-M 5 Pesetas Weight: 25.0 g World Silver Coin

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SPAIN 5 Pesetas 1898 (98) SG-V - Silver - Alfonso XIII. - VF - 2951

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SHIP WRECK - El Cazador Spanish Colonial - 8 Real Silver Coin - NGC Graded *101

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SPAIN 1 Peseta 1933 (3-4) - Silver - VF/XF - 2941

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SPAIN -SILVER-5 PESETAS-KING ALFONSO XIII - YEAR 1892- PGM-Date in stars 18-92

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ALFONSO XIII • BOY KING ESPAŃA 1892 (1892) Silver 5 Pesetas

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SPAIN 5 Pesetas 1870 (70) SN M - Silver - Provisional Government - VF - 2927

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Spain - 1966 (66) & (67) - 100 Pesetas - Two Piece Lot - #2177

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SPAIN 1 Peseta 1870 (73) DE-M - Silver - Provisional Government - F/VF - 2925

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SPAIN 5 Centimos 1875 - Copper - Charles VII. - VF- - 2914

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1641 Coin Ancient Pirate Shipwreck Treasure Chest Era Spanish Vintage Rare

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1616 Spanish Netherlands Token Jeton Cham Des Compten Bra Nice

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1870 Spain 2 Pesetas Silver Coin VF Condition 1870(73)DEM Espana Silver Coinage

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1966 Spain 100 Pesetas - BU - KM# 797 - .800 Silver

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Ancient Pirate Shipwreck Coin--SILVER---Spanish ???? Reales

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

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SPAIN 50 Centimos 1894 (94) PG-V - Silver - Alfonso XIII. - VF - 2930

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RARE SPANISH España 4 REALES COB PHILLIP III - IV TOLEDO T P PIRATES LARGE COIN

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SPAIN 5 Pesetas 1875 (75) DE-M - Silver - Alfonso XII. - VF - 2946

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SPAIN (Euzkadi) 1, 2 Pesetas 1937 - Nickel - 2 Coins. - 2956

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

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the rare 1624 SILVER Coin Christian Cross ? Pirate Chest Era Old Vintage Antique

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Ancient Pirate Shipwreck Coin--SILVER---Spanish ???? Reales Cob

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3 Pirate Era - 1600's Early America Spanish Bronze Cobs Exact Lot Shown 7040

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

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Spain - 8 Maravedi, 2 & 1 Centimos - Various Dates & Denominations - 8 Coins.

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SPAIN 1 Peseta 1869 SN-M - Silver - Provisional Government - VF- - 2924

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SPAIN 5 Centimos 1867 OM - Copper - Isabel II. - XF- - 2912

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SPAIN (Kingdom) 20 Centimos 1868 - Silver - Isabel II. - 2920

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1899 + 1901 Spain Peseta Lot, Silver, Mid Grade, Spanish 1 one Alfonso (398)

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Lot of 12x Spain Coins - Various Dates and Denominations - Nice Variety

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SILVER - WORLD Coin - 1966 Spain Pesetas - World Silver Coin 19 Grams! *490

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SPAIN PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT 5 PESETAS, 1870 (70) SILVER COIN VF

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☆ SPANISH SILVER • 1 REAL 1726 SEVILLA-J • PHILIPPUS V ☆ HISPANIC ☆ SPAIN

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SPAIN 2 Pesetas 1892 (92) PG-M - Silver - Alfonso XIII. - F/VF - 2943

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1870-SN-M *Silver* Spain 5 Pesetas "VF/XF" *Free S/H After 1st Item*

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The Scarce 1833 Spanish Coin Ancient Pirate Sea Shipwreck Era Old Spain Antique

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SPAIN 1838 ISABEL 2 8 MARAVEDIS CLEAR DATE & DETAIL EVEN WEAR

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SPAIN 5 Pesetas 1893 (93) PG-L - Silver - Alfonso XIII. - VF - 2950

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SPAIN 1/2, 1, 2-1/2 Centimos 1866/1868 - Copper - Isabel II. - 3 Coins. - 2911

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SPAIN 2 Pesetas 1882 (82) MS-M - Silver - Alfonso XII. - VF- - 2942

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$5.50 with 4 bids


Mexico / Spain 2 Reales silver cob coin 1700s pirate treasure coin

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GENUINE 1896 SILVER COIN BROOCH 5 PESETA

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SPAIN CIVIL WAR 50 CENTS 1937 SCARCE 46P BY COINMOUNTAIN

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SPAIN 10 Centimos 1868 - Silver - Isabel II. - 2919

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SPAIN 50 Centimos 1869 (69) SN-M - Silver - Provisional Government - F - 2923

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$4.50 with 9 bids


SPAIN 1, 2, 5, 10 Centimos 1870 OM - Provisional Government - 4 Coins. - 2913

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$4.25 with 2 bids


Old Spain Coin Lot - 200+ Excellent Coins - MEGA LOT - Lot #517

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$4.25 with 6 bids