Recipe for Treasure: Spanish Pieces of 8

On 28 January 2017
Silver recovered from shipwrecks starts out encrusted with damaging salt on the surface of the artifact. Here's a look at the process to clean and preserve these historic treasures!

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The Lost Treasure of the Conquistadors | MEL'S TREASURE TROVE

On 30 July 2016
In 1528, a magnificent treasure trove of precious ingots was lost to the Spanish Conquistadors and Crown. The outcome of that disastrous shipwreck, however, was the preservation of these extremely rare artifacts that would certainly have been melted down had they reached their destination. In this episode of Mel's Treasure Trove, we examine the treasure of the "Tumbaga" wreck, and its significant place in the story of the first Europeans in the New World. Mel King, President of Big Blue Wreck Salvage, is a maritime historian and one of the country's leading experts in Spanish Colonial numismatics. Our special thanks go to Agustin Garcia-Barneche for his brilliant research, which we consulted during the preparation of this episode. His book is called THE "TUMBAGA" SAGA: Treasure of The Conquistadors.

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1715 Fleet Treasure Chest | MEL'S TREASURE TROVE

On 25 June 2016
The 1715 treasure fleet shipwrecks left gold doubloons, pieces of eight, and other historical artifacts from 11 Spanish galleons off the East coast of Florida which are still being recovered by modern salvors like Big Blue Wreck Salvage. In this episode of Mel's Treasure Trove, Mel explains how a heavy piece of lead recovered by divers may have lined the chest that contained a treasure trove of Spanish gold doubloons. Mel King, President of Big Blue Wreck Salvage, is a maritime historian and one of the country's leading experts in Spanish Colonial numismatics.

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The 1715 Treasure Fleet Shipwreck Pt 3 | MEL'S TREASURE TROVE

On 28 May 2016
The 1715 treasure fleet shipwrecks left gold doubloons, pieces of eight, and other historical artifacts from 11 Spanish galleons off the East coast of Florida which are still being recovered by modern salvors like Big Blue Wreck Salvage. In this episode of Mel's Treasure Trove, Mel discusses the immediate aftermath of the disaster from the beach where it occurred 300 years ago. Mel King, President of Big Blue Wreck Salvage, is a maritime historian and one of the country's leading experts in Spanish Colonial numismatics.

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The 1715 Treasure Fleet Shipwreck Pt 2 | MEL'S TREASURE TROVE

On 28 May 2016
The 1715 treasure fleet shipwrecks left gold doubloons, pieces of eight, and other historical artifacts from 11 Spanish galleons off the East coast of Florida which are still being recovered by modern salvors like Big Blue Wreck Salvage. In this episode of Mel's Treasure Trove, Mel discusses the immediate aftermath of the disaster from the beach where it occurred 300 years ago. Mel King, President of Big Blue Wreck Salvage, is a maritime historian and one of the country's leading experts in Spanish Colonial numismatics.

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The 1715 Treasure Fleet Shipwreck Pt 1 | MEL'S TREASURE TROVE

On 28 May 2016
The 1715 treasure fleet shipwrecks left gold doubloons, pieces of eight, and other historical artifacts from 11 Spanish galleons off the East coast of Florida which are still being recovered by modern salvors like Big Blue Wreck Salvage. In this episode of Mel's Treasure Trove, Mel discusses the immediate aftermath of the disaster from the beach where it occurred 300 years ago. Mel King, President of Big Blue Wreck Salvage, is a maritime historian and one of the country's leading experts in Spanish Colonial numismatics.

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The Golden Glove - 1715 Treasure Fleet Shipwreck Gold

On 19 August 2015
On the 300th anniversary of the shipwreck, a diver brings up his glove full of 1715 treasure fleet gold doubloons and reveals them to the crew on deck. See the incredible find, and watch the crew's fantastic reaction. Like Big Blue Wreck on Facebook for more updates on this historic find! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Blue-Wreck-Salvage-Inc/221885631156237

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1715 Treasure Fleet Gold Coin Recovery

On 19 August 2015
The crew of the Capitana brought up several million dollars in shipwreck gold doubloons on the 300th anniversary of the sinking of the Spanish 1715 treasure fleet off the east coast of Florida. This was the largest single day recovery of 1715 Fleet gold doubloons in 50 years with 231 coins. By weeks end, the grand total was over 350! Like Big Blue Wreck on Facebook for more updates on this historic find! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Blue-Wreck-Salvage-Inc/221885631156237

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1715 Fleet Shipwreck site: 2013 Update

On 15 September 2013
Mel King (President of Big Blue Wreck Salvage) discusses the exciting discovery of Spanish gold doubloons on the 1715 Fleet Shipwreck site during Summer 2013, as well as future plans for the site. Big Blue Wreck Salvage, Inc. is affiliated with the on-going recovery efforts of the 1715 Fleet shipwreck sites on the east coast of Florida.

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