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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ATOCHA Spanish Shipwreck Treasure SILVER 4 Reale Coin Grade 2 LOT Collection!!

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ATOCHA Spanish Shipwreck Treasure SILVER 8 Reale Coin, Grade 2, LOT Collection!!

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Spanish Piece of Eight--27.372 Grams

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1794-PTS PR Bolivia 8 Reales - KM#73 Silver ASW .7797

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1566 - 1599 Spain 4 Reales .931 Silver Seville Felipe II Collector Coin 6CCS9903

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1622 Santa Margarita Shipwreck Recovered Silver Cob 4 Reales, Atocha Sister Ship

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the Rare 1623 SILVER Coin Ancient Pirate Shipwreck Old Kings Treasure Chest Era

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Spain, 1821 Ferdin III 8 Reales Silver Coin.!! Uncertified.! NR.

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L1808 SPAIN SPANISH CIVIL WAR STAMP CURRENCY MONEY 48 DIFF FROM SEVILLA 1937

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☆ SPAIN 1904 • 50 CENTIMOS ALFONSO XIII PCV, SILVER COIN 50 CENTS KM# 723 ☆C1926

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

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Old Spain Coin Lot - 25 PESETAS - 36 Scarce Commemorative Coins - LOT #J14

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the Rare 1622 SILVER Coin Ancient Pirate Shipwreck Old Kings Treasure Chest Era

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1788 LIMAE IJ Silver 2 Reales Coin from Peru - - Catalog KM# 76a

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1882 MS-M Spain 2 Peseta Silver Coin #1

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Knife/coin unusual 1949 silver 100 peseta coin with internal blade and file

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1966 Spain 100 Pesetas Silver Coin

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1899 SG V Spain Silver 5 Pesetas

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SPAIN BARCELONA COIN 5 CENTIMOS 1868 OM COPPER KM# 635.1 AVF

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Job Lot of Circulated Spain SILVER COINS inc. Alfonso XII / XIII (100g)

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Uncirculated 1995 Spain 2000 Pesetas Silver Foreign Coin

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1994 Spain 2000 Pesetas Silver Foreign Coin

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SPAIN 1800-M 2 Reales Silver

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the Scarce 1870 Pirate Coin Ancient Sea Shipwreck Treasure Chest Era Old Antique

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The rare 1903 Spanish Silver Coin Ancient Pirate Sea Shipwreck Era Old. Spain

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ALOHA LOT #86 SPAIN 1898 SGV 5 Pesetas ALFONSO XIII SILVER CROWN size KM# 707

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ALOHA LOT #82 Spain 1883 5 Pesetas ALFONSO XII SILVER CROWN size KM# 688

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SPAIN 1850-RD 2 Reales Silver VF

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