No joke, divers off the coast of Florida discovered about 60 gold artifacts from a 1715 shipwreck. They’re valued at more than $1 million. A salvage operation called Queens Jewels, LLC, found the real-life treasure—51 gold coins and 40 feet of ornate gold chain—in about 15-feet-deep water. The ship is from the Treasure Fleet, which sank along Florida’s Treasure Coast on July 31, 1715 in what experts consider “one of the most important maritime tragedies in history.” Apparently, pirates were uninvolved. The coolest, and most notable, part of the find is a single coin made for the King Phillip V of Spain. Only a handful of such coins exist.
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