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Sarasota Company Certifies Shipwreck Coins Before Sale

SARASOTA — Spanish gold coins lost in a shipwreck off Florida 300 years ago have been authenticated with the help of experts in Sarasota.

Miami-based treasure-salvage company 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC found the coins on July 30 and 31, 2015, 300 years after a hurricane sank 11 of 12 Spanish ships that were sailing from Cuba to Spain in 1715.

The coins were found in water 6 feet deep off Florida’s East Coast near Vero Beach, said the salvage company’s co-founder and operations manager, Brent Brisben. The storm had driven the ships onto offshore reefs and the waves carried much of the treasure farther toward shore.

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