The 350 coins, brought to the surface at the end of July, turned up in just a metre of water close to the shore, buried under the sand. In Florida, beach goers who stumble upon treasure can keep their find, but underwater, the only legal way to uncover history is through 1715 Fleet Queens Jewels organization. Under US state law, Florida will keep 20% of value of the find.
The CEO owning the rights to the wrecked ships says nine rare pieces known as "royal eight escudos", made on royal order for the king of Spain Phillip V, were uncovered, valued at $300,000 each. Only 20 were known to be in existence before this latest find.
The company currently owns the exclusive salvage rights to the remains of the 1715 shipwrecks and serves as custodian for the U.S District Court for the Southern District of Florida. But they have laid out vast sums of money like any business does before profits roll in.
The 'We Love Memoirs' Facebook group suggested snatching a free copy of 'How to Write a Best Selling Memoir' on Amazon, which I did. I don't have money for incidentals with a restricted pension, and this looked like my type of treasure.
But when I tried to send the book to my Kindle, a message told me the file wasn't recognized. I clicked on Microsoft's suggestions for a repair and chose RegCureProSetup, which would fix file errors. The page said the application was free, so I downloaded it with a sign of relief, because my computer is running slow and I can't afford an expensive procedure.
The process of identification took nearly half an hour, and highlighted a huge quantity of errors in system issues, privacy issues and junk files. At last, I clicked on the 'fix' button.
But when I filled out the form, the company wanted to charge me for the process.
Just goes to show, you rarely find treasure lying around waiting to be picked up.
What sort of treasure do you want to find at no cost to yourself?