Diving Treasures: The 7 Biggest Finds
Diving discoveries and buried treasure are sure ways to get someone’s ears to perk up out of curiosity. Treasure hunting is always fun, regardless of what age you are, and some people make a living out of doing so. Some people spend most, if not all of their time hunting down treasure, and commonly find that they end up finding nothing but old boots or scrap metal. However, others who are simply having fun with a metal detector have dug up artefacts worth millions of pounds. I guess it’s both blind luck and knowing where to look!
So, today we’ll be looking at some of the most fascinating treasure finds underwater.
Frigate Mercedes – Atlantic Ocean
A sunken ship full of nearly 600,000 gold and silver coins was found at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean by a private treasure hunting company called Odyssey Marine. A priceless hoard of gold coins and hand-crafted golds chains were found inside the ship, which was called the Frigate Mercedes and became the centre of controversy when Spain claimed ownership over the gold. A legal battle ensued between Spain and Odyssey marine and lasted half a decade before the Spanish government prevailed. In 2015, Spain finally flew their 17-tonnes of priceless coins across the Atlantic.
Israeli Coin Hoard
Amateur divers were exploring an old sunken dock off the coast of Israel when they discovered 2,000 gold coins hidden in the seabed. The centuries old currency was miraculously unharmed by age or water damage! There is no current estimated monitory value of the coins, but they are considered extremely rare and valuable to historians. Even at the time of their minting in 900 A.D, they were considered a royal some of money.
Coin Hoard – Florida
Back in 2015, 60 rare gold artefacts were found in shipwreck in Florida. The ship was sailing from Cuba to Spain in 1715 and was meant to deliver a large payload of gold to the Spanish King Philip the Fifth. Though, it was destroyed in a hurricane off the coast of Florida. Professional scuba divers only had to dive 15ft to find the hoard, which is now valued at over £1 million pounds.