A Golden Shipwreck

A Golden Shipwreck

Hurricane Irma recently ravaged the coastal area of Vero Beach, Florida—an area also known as Florida’s Treasure Coast. You may have heard of this treasure-laden region, which has been featured in the motion picture “Fool’s Gold,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, and in the popular action-adventure video game “Assassin’s Creed IV.”

Over 300 years ago, a similar storm struck the same location. At sunset on July 31, 1715, 12 ships set sail from Havana, Cuba.

King Philip V of Spain had recently married the Duchess of Parma, Elizabeth Farnese. However, she would not consummate the marriage until she received a significant dowry of jewels.  The King therefore commanded that over 60 chests of elaborate jewels be brought to Spain from the new world.

On the first night of the fleet’s voyage, the ferocious storm sank 11 of the ships and claimed as many as 1,000 lives. And while many of the King’s jewels were recovered, millions of dollars in gold were lost. Recently, in 2015, 1715 Fleet-Queen’s Jewels, LLC and their founder Brent Brisben discovered $4.5 million in gold coins off the coast of Florida from the shipwreck.

Source: Treasure Coast Genealogical Society 2017, 1715 Treasure Fleet

Perfect for history buffs and maritime fans alike, this one-of-a-kind “shipwreck” men’s ring features a reproduction of a Spanish gold coin from the famous 1715 Treasure Fleet. The coin is cast in solid 22 karat gold and set in a sterling silver mounting.  https://gondwanalandgems.com/mens-coin-ring-22k-and-sterling-silver

Resources:

www.1715treasurefleet.com

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1715_Treasure_Fleet

 

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