A treasure hunter using a metal detector found 22 silver Spanish coins dating back to a 1715 shipwreck.
TC Palm newspapers report that 43-year-old treasure hunter Jonah Martinez located the coins, worth about $7,000.
Twelve Spanish galleons laden with treasures from the New World were bound for Spain on July 31, 1715, but 11 were lost during a hurricane off the coast of Florida. Most of the treasure lies beneath the ocean.
Florida law requires recovery permits for individuals who want to explore or recover artifacts on state-owned lands underwater, but not on a public beach.
Martinez said he has no intent to sell or polish the coins but will keep them with others of his historic finds.
Seafarer Exploration sues man who allegedly lied about being war veteran with multiple engineering degrees
A Florida man who was believed to be a war veteran with multiple engineering degrees is now at the center of a lawsuit in which his former employer accuses him of using a false resume.
Seafarer Exploration, a treasure-hunting company, filed the suit last week and is calling for Mike Torres to pay back more than $96,000 that he received in wages, as well as nearly $7,000 in charged expenses, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“This guy can spout this stuff off like no tomorrow," Kyle Kennedy, the CEO of Seafarer, told the newspaper. “Absolutely none of it was true, but unless you’re an engineer, you’d never know that."
August 08, 2019 08:00 ET | Source: Beliss Corp.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Aug. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NetworkWire – Treasure & Shipwreck Recovery, Inc. (“TSR” or “the Company”), currently trading as Beliss Corp. (OTC: BLIS), announces that it anticipates shortly starting work on a cluster of shipwrecks, which have already been discovered by its COO, Dr. E. Lee Spence, off Cape Romain, South Carolina.
The wrecks appear to date from the 1600s through the late 1800s. Dr. Spence owns the shipwrecks through a federal district court order and has entered into an exclusive agreement with the Company for their salvage. They are inside U.S. Territorial waters offers strong legal protection of ownership, yet outside of South Carolina state waters meaning the Company does not have to share any recovery with the State. Although Dr. Spence has previously done some preliminary investigation and salvage on the wrecks, they have remained largely untouched since their loss and this will be the very first work done on the wrecks by the Company.
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