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Shipwreck Reveals Precious Coins, Rare Pewter Artifacts Email

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Monday, 10 September 2012 12:40

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PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic, Sept. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The most important shipwreck of its kind dating from the 1500s was recently discovered by Anchor Research & Salvage SRL.

According to noted pewter expert Martin Roberts "Pewter finds from the 2012 diving season continue to support present hypotheses on date and origin while also surprising collectors and challenging orthodox knowledge of the mid-16th Century pewter trade. The quantity of pewter now recovered definitely makes this the largest single cache ever discovered."

Recovery and preservation efforts are ongoing, according to Robert H. Pritchett, CEO of Anchor Research & Salvage SRL & Global Marine Exploration, saying "…many more discoveries are likely as we bring the latest technology and our full resources online. We've only just scratched the surface."

About Global Marine Exploration, Inc.

Global Marine Exploration, Inc. (GME), a C Corp. is a privately held company headquartered in Tampa, FL.  Visit: www.gmexploration.com

Anchor Research & Salvage SRL is a Global Marine Exploration Inc. company working in conjunction with the Punta Cana Foundation & Sub Aquatic office of the Minister of Culture Dominican Republic.

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SOURCE Global Marine Exploration, Inc.

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GPAA: Gold & Treasure Show headed to Butte, Montana Sept. 15 -16 Email

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Sunday, 09 September 2012 13:55

(PRWEB) Press Release

The Gold Prospectors Association of America will hold its Gold & Treasure Show Sept. 15-16 in Butte, Montana. The show will feature gold-panning contests as well as seminars led by experienced prospectors.

With the price of gold hitting record highs last year, GPAA President Brandon Johnson said gold fever is definitely rising and memberships to the organization have shown substantial growth over the last year.

“Spiking gold prices are sometimes the deciding factor to turn off the TV and actually go gold prospecting to experience it for yourself. A quarter-ounce or pennyweight of gold is worth a lot more now than it used to be,” Johnson said.

“Prospecting isn’t necessarily all about having the gold. It’s as much about finding it,” he said, adding that for many members the thrill is enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.

The Gold & Treasure Show in Butte will feature vendors and displays of gold nuggets, jewelry and prospecting equipment such as metal detectors, drywashers, spiral gold pans, dredges and highbankers.

Showgoers over 18 years of age will get a chance to win a two-week Alaska Gold Expedition trip to GPAA’s famous Cripple River gold prospecting camp near Nome, Alaska. The event will run Saturday, Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Butte Civic Center, 1340 Harrison Ave. Butte, MT 59701.

Admission is $5. Children 12 and under admitted free. The first 100 paid attendees will receive a free vial of placer gold. Tickets are available at the door. To pre-register online and get in free, go tohttp://www.goldandtreasureshows.com.

To find out more about gold prospecting, gem and treasure hunting or how to contact a local GPAA chapter in your area, visithttp://www.goldprospectors.org or call (800) 551-9707.

The Gold Prospectors Association of America is the producer of “Gold Fever“ and “Alaskan” TV shows on Outdoor Channel and the publisher of Gold Prospectors magazine and the Pick & Shovel Gazette.

The GPAA has more than doubled the number of Gold & Treasure Shows on its nationwide tour from nine last year to 20 shows in 2012. There are 6 shows remaining this year:

2012 Gold & Treasure Shows

Butte, MT September 15 – 16, 2012

Denver, CO September 22 – 23, 2012

Mesa, AZ September 29 – 30, 2012

St. Joseph, MO October 13 – 14, 2012

Dayton, OH October 20 – 21, 2012

Spartanburg, SC October 27 – 28, 2012

 

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Joe Fortunato strikes gold in Alaska Email

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Sunday, 02 September 2012 15:05

Joe_FortunatoWestminster prospector Joe Fortunato has been on the hunt for gold for the past eight years. He says he plans to hold on to his recent find in Alaska. ( RJ Sangosti | The Denver Post)

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The Denver Post

Joe Fortunato traveled to Alaska this summer to prospect for gold and hit a cache that yielded nearly 30 ounces for him and his three friends.

"I was in total disbelief," said Fortunato, a Westminster small-business owner.

Thanks to a bad economy, unemployment and the high price of gold, prospecting has become popular in recent years.

For Fortunato, the fascination started eight years ago when he was watching TV.

"I was sitting in my easy chair, surfing the channels, when I see this guy gold-prospecting," he said of "Gold Fever" on the Outdoor Channel, hosted by Tom Massie. "At first, I thought, 'Boy, this is kind of hokey.' "

But then he got hooked.

He watched the show every week, joined Gold Prospectors of the Rockies, read endlessly about how to find gold with a metal detector and got a claim up near Leadville.

"As the years went by, I learned more and more," he said. "I got a whole new circle of friends."

He got to know some die-hard prospectors, guys who had found gold in the Australian outback, or made 19 trips to Alaska hunting gold. One day, three of them invited him to join them on a trip to Nome, Alaska, where they planned to prospect at an abandoned mine.

He jumped at the opportunity. Alaska, the site of many 19th-century gold rushes, sparked his imagination.

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Montezuma's Treasure Email

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Sunday, 02 September 2012 11:45

by Loren Webb

(Kane County, UT) - Using a map he had obtained from Mexico, Freddie Crystal believed he could find Aztec treasure in Johnson Canyon, East of Kanab, in Kane County, Utah. In 1920, Crystal started poking around the rugged slopes of the White Mountains in Johnson Canyon, with the hope of discovering the hiding place of what he said was Montezuma's Treasure. According to Author George Thompson, in his book, "Some Dreams Die" Crystal's map described a place where ancient Petro glyphs would point the way to a canyon with four branches surrounded by four mountains, one each on the east, west, north and south. In the center was another mountain where the treasure was apparently hidden. Everything on the map was found in Johnson Canyon, and White Mountain fit the description of the Treasure Mountain perfectly, Thompson wrote. With the help of almost every man from the surrounding towns, Crystal started his search. A tent city of treasure hunters sprung up in Johnson Canyon as everyone hurried to help find the treasure. Just as the map revealed, ancient hand cut steps were discovered leading up the mountain face. A man-made shaft was found, almost concealed with closely fit granite blocks cemented into place. To add to the mystery, the cement blocks were made of find sand found many miles away in New Mexico. When the granite wall was dug away, a 14 foot tunnel was discovered, but 60 feet from the surface another granite wall was located, it was removed and a maze of tunnels and shafts were found, along with some deadly booby traps. Huge, delicately balanced boulders would fall without warning. Man-made cement floors and side tunnels blocked by hard granite walls severely slowed the search. After two years of searching, nothing was found and disappointment set in. People went back to their daily routines and Crystal disappeared. But while it lasted, the search for Montezuma's Treasure captivated the local townspeople.

 

Courtesy KCSG

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Emperor Caligula Gold Coin Found Underwater Near Cyprus Email

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Saturday, 25 August 2012 13:53

By Marianna Tsatsou

greek_coinA significant archaeological finding, a gold coin, has been reported discovered underwater in the area between Limassol and Larnaca by a local amateur fisherman. According to Cypriot authorities, the coin is of great value.

Cypriot media reported that it dates back to the first century A.D. and depicts the third Roman emperor called Caligula, well-known for his fierce and brutal policy during his reign. On this coin, Caligula is sacrificing an animal before the Temple of Augustus, which is constituted by six pillars.

Many coins of the same age have been found over the course of time, but this one is regarded among the most significant because it’s made of gold. Representatives of the Nicosia Archaeological Museum of Cyprus stated that such a finding enriches cultural heritage of the broader region, and may provide archaeologists with important information on ancient Cyprus’ trade.  Moreover, the area, where the golden coin was found, could reveal more clues concerning the coin’s origin and the way it ended up in Cyprus, they said.

 

Courtesy Greek Reporter

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Aurora man surprised with metal detector and three-wheeled scooter Email

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Saturday, 25 August 2012 13:33

LINDA TYSSEN staff writer

AURORA, MN — Ron Landa was visiting on chatroom with a young woman with a life-threatening illness. She was feeling a sense of hopelessness, of despair, that her dreams had been shattered.

“I told her, ‘If you don’t have your dreams, you don’t have anything’,” Landa said in a recent interview.

The 56-year-old Aurora man has dreams of his own — even as he faces terminal colon cancer. He and his wife of many years, Karen Landa, like to spend their time looking for hidden treasures on beaches and he recently was presented a metal detector by the Dream Foundation, similar to the Make-a-Wish Foundation for children with terminal illnesses.

Landa was diagnosed with colon cancer in September 2010. “I don’t know how much time I have left,” Landa said. “I really don’t want to know.”

His mother, Barbara Ramme of Virginia, found the information about Dream Foundation on the Internet. “What my dream was and had been for quite a while was a couple metal detectors for my wife and I,” Ron Landa said. “I retired and figured we would go out and play. I never got the opportunity because of this cancer. I thought I’d have all the time in the world. It turns out I don’t.”

Read more: Aurora man surprised with metal detector and three-wheeled scooter

One man’s quest to recover shipwreck artifacts from Lake Ontario Email

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:33

Ed_BurttBelleville wreck hunter Ed Burtt is anxious to start recovering artifacts from the bottom of Lake Ontario near Brighton where HMS Speedy disappeared during a fierce storm in 1804.

 

Carola Vyhnak, Special to the Star

BRIGHTON, ONT.—She was in trouble from the start. Rotting and full of leaks, His Majesty’s Ship Speedy was in no shape to sail Lake Ontario, much less carry the who’s who of Upper Canada from York to Newcastle, 150 kilometres away.

But over the captain’s protests, the 80-foot warship was forced to make the trek east for an important murder trial in October of 1804. Battling a sudden, vicious storm, she struck rock lurking beneath the waves and sank, taking everyone on board to an icy death.

Two centuries later and 22 years after finding her remains off Presqu’ile Point in Brighton, 90 minutes east of Toronto, wreck hunter Ed Burtt believes it’s high time the artifacts were recovered so everyone can appreciate a little-known part of Canada’s heritage.

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Artifact club: on the trail of historical treasures Email

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Sunday, 12 August 2012 14:08

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Roger Montgomery, of Raytown, Mo., right, laughs as Steve Warren of Overland Park, Kan., shows off his find of three tent stakes. “I always find three, never four!" Warren joked. Both are members of the Mid-Western Artifact Society Metal Detecting Club.

 

By Jill Draper / McClatchy-Tribune News Service

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — They look for places where pioneers heading west climbed from covered wagons to assess a creek crossing. Places where blue coats and gray coats camped and perhaps traded gunfire. Places where families picnicked and played at the water’s edge.

And when they find these places, they look for buried treasure.

Once a month they gather to wave their wands across the earth in search of traces of the past before a modern-day picnic of grilled hot dogs and potluck fare. Welcome to a typical meeting of the Mid-Western Artifact Society.

One recent Sunday morning, two dozen members combed the grounds of an old Boy Scout camping spot at the southern edge of Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo. After a little socializing, it was time to do some “ground fishing," as metal detecting is sometimes known.

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Discovering the Westmoreland Treasure Ship Email

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Sunday, 12 August 2012 13:34

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By Elizabeth Edwards

Northern Michigan: Over 150 years after she went down, shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson found Lake Michigan’s legendary treasure ship, the Westmoreland. Now What?

On Father’s Day 2010 Ross Richardson indulged his obsessive search for a shipwreck he refers to almost exclusively (and with a hint of passion in his voice) as She. As evening set in after a family outing, he put his 1984 20-foot Bayliner Trophy hardtop into Lake Michigan in Glen Arbor and ran it 16 miles through darkening waters until he’d rounded the glowing face of Empire bluffs. Offshore from the mouth of Benzie County’s Otter Creek and under a star-spattered sky, Richardson maneuvered his boat through the now black waters in a perfect mile-grid pattern.

All the while, he studied the screen of his Hummingbird side-scan sonar, alert for any marks on the screen that could signal traces of the propeller steamer the Westmoreland—a ship perhaps not seen since she sank in a snowstorm in 1854. A ship that legend has it went down with a winter’s pay for the entire garrison stationed at Fort Mackinac—gold pieces that would be worth millions today. A ship whose whereabouts is one of Lake Michigan’s great unsolved mysteries. That short list also includes the whereabouts of the 17th-century Le Griffon—the first European sailing ship on the Great Lakes, and the Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 that disappeared in 1950 with 58 people onboard.

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Divers find wreck thought to be famous 19th-century pirate ship Email

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Thursday, 09 August 2012 12:05

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By EMMA REYNOLDS

TONGA, THE SOUTH PACIFIC - A shipwreck discovered in Tonga is thought to be a famous pirate vessel that sank in the 19th century with a hold full of treasure.

Legend has it that the Port-au-Prince was attacked by warriors near the South Pacific archipelago in 1806 and most of its British crew massacred on the orders of King Finau 'Ulukalala II.

The British had captured the ship from the French and made into a privateer - meaning it had permission to attack and plunder boats belonging to rivals Spain and France.

The Tongans salvaged iron and cannon from the ship before the king ordered it to be scuttled [sunk] with its treasure still on board.

The vessel was thought to be lost until a local diver in the Ha'apai group of islands found wreckage with features similar to the folkloric ship last month, tourism ministry spokeswoman Sandra Fifita said.

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