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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El Cazador 2 Reale Shipwreck Coin with Presentation Box.

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

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Authentic 1621-1665 8 Reales Shield Cob VF.

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Spain 1870 OM 2 Centimos *NGC MS-65 RB* Scarce 1 Year Issue Only 7 Graded Higher

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1870 Spain 2 Pesetas Silver Foreign Coin

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1777 Spian Carlos III silver 2 reales

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1875 Alfonso XII Spain 5 Pesetas .900 Silver Coin (#2) 24.5G

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1 .65 KG. SPANISH PESETAS COINS 5 AND 25.1949 - 1995.

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New World Pirate Era Spanish Bronze Nummis Old Coin 1400 - 1600 AD

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