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LOST TREASURE - MAY 2017

Online Newsletter - 16 May 2017

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FEATURE CLUB

Feature Club — page 4

FAVORITE FINDS

page 7 — Favorite Finds

OTHER FEATURES

3 The Coined Phrase
8 Tips From the Pros
10 Special Bonus Feature From
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16 THers' News
23 Calendar of Events

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Favorite Finds

Featuring Reader Ronny Barber

Reader Ronny Barber shared this “DD” coil finding a mule shoe, rail away the crusty dirt and brought
recent find. road spike, etc...nothing that excit- light upon an object that had been
ing until I received a broken high hidden in the earth for decades. 
In his own words, “I found and tone with a visual ID of 69 to 72
unearthed this nice piece of history at 6 inches deep. I hurriedly raked “I saw the beauty of the coin, its
recently while detecting around an back the leaves and dug a plug, greenish turquoise patina inlaid with
old, square hole, dug well I locat- lifting a large clump of dark soil the brownish tint of the old coin!
ed out in the woods along an old matted with roots out of the ground. Very nice indeed. Just another reason
logging road. A 1901 Indian Head “On the very bottom of the mass I why I love this hobby so!” 
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was very excited as I slowly washed Ronny Barber
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Tip From the Pros

Places To Hunt

By Jay Pastor

Keep a record of the sites Perhaps you do that, too. have such a separate listing
where you have previously Other treasure hunters keep a available when the sun returns.
found good coins (e.g., coins
minted before 1964, coins over record in a notebook or All you have to do is scan
in a computer file. through your collection,
a century old, rare dates).
Such a record will supply you But whatever method such coin your notebook, or your
with promising leads when you hunters use, they typically memory, and list your finds
are looking for places to hunt organize their coins or their
and have no current sites in by their discovery sites.
written notes by the dates they You can then judge which
mind worth exploring. were found or, more likely,
Many coin shooters who keep by the coin mintage dates. sites would be most
their finds in 2X2 protectors Rarely is this information promising to re-explore.
mark the dates and sites of their clustered by discovery site. I’ve found out that returning
to the scenes of my prior suc-
discoveries on the margins of But it’s easy enough to extract cesses usually leads me to new
these cardboard holders. such information from your successes, sometimes many more
than I felt I had a right to expect.
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“It is the greatest treasure, Treasure recovered from the deep - gold, silver and pre- was number seven and the
on land or sea that has not cious artifacts. The stuff dreams are made of. Central America number
been found.” eight.”

The late Commander Spain kept meticu-
Robert “Frogfoot” Weller was lous records of cargo put
not given to exaggeration. aboard ships trading with
the New World.
He sat in a leather swivel
chair in his office, a place he Archive records in
dubbed the “Treasure Room.” Bob’s possession revealed
His hands were clasped behind that the San Jose carried
his head, contemplating out 55,000 eight escudo gold
loud. coins, along with silver
bars and silver coins. The
“And I know where it is.” personal wealth of some
Bob had been diligently 600 passengers was also
working on research about the aboard.
fabled Spanish treasure ship
the San Jose sunk outside At the time of his tell-
Cartagena Harbor in 1708. ing the tale, a Spanish
If his words needed more eight escudo gold coin was
emphasis, this former U.S. worth $7,500.
Navy UDT Commander with
service in World War II and “By today’s value there
Korea, added: is an estimated $7 billion
“When Life Magazine came on the bottom making it
out with an article some years the largest treasure trove,
ago about the 10 richest unre- land or sea, still unrecov-
covered treasures of the world ered,” in Bob Weller’s
on land or sea, the San Jose own words.
was number one. The Atocha
If the claim that “I know
where it is” came from

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Commodore Wager was left with-

out treasure save for 13 bars of silver

aboard his captured prize. On the

bottom remains a fortune in gold and

silver yet to be found.

There have been rumors and news

stories about treasure salvors tempt-

ing the vagaries of Colombian poli-

tics and upheaval to seek the sunken

galleon.

As to our hoped for expedition

to Cartagena with Bob Weller, all

was forsaken when turmoil and open

conflict turned the nation into a

drug war. Politicians came and went.

Laws were imposed about maritime

salvage and Colombia’s Congress

The fort at the entrance to Cartagena Harbor offers austere testimony to the embargoed salvage licenses.
impregnable batteries ready to fire on enemy ships. With remorse we boarded the

Striker one last time. One of the

engines could not be started. There
Rosario, and Big Baru is now Isla “As the English were approach- were some minor structural issues
Grande also called Isla Tesoro. ing her the Nietto exploded. I know required to be made to the aluminum

The next day the English realized where she blew up,” Weller said. hull.

that the winds were wrong for the The battle off Cartagena Harbor Bob Weller decided to make nec-
Spanish ships thus they could not was over. Spain suffered astounding essary repairs to his ship then sell it.
make it into Cartagena Harbor. loss of men and treasure.
There was no hope that he could field
Commodore Wager engaged the

Capitana San Jose, while Kingston

engaged the Almirante. The line of

battle was about a half-mile or more

long.

Here Bob Weller picked up the

battle: “A cannon shot from the

Expedition hit the San Jose and she

blew up. The San Jose did not blow

up in the air; she blew out her sides

and sank with everything inside the

hull.”

What went down with the San

Jose on May 29, 1708, was the great-

est treasure lost at sea.

The Urca de Nietto foundered on

land, disabled. It was set on fire by

her crew where it grounded on an

island. The prize ship Gobierno was

captured.

The Almiranta with treasure

aboard was pursued by Kingston and

Portland. The two British warships

gave up the chase at Boca Chica pas-

sage into Cartagena Harbor, letting

it escape.

The rest of the ships of the Spanish

fleet also made it to safety inside

Cartagena Harbor.

The Gobierno, although badly

damaged in battle, was towed into The Gold Museum in Cartagena is interesting and informative. This indigenous
Jamaica as a prize.
gold artifact on display is priceless.

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Bob Weller with legendary treasure diver Bert Kilbride (hat) with 9.4 pound gold a salvage operation in the tumult that
disk found underwater on a Spanish galleon site off Florida. wracked Colombia. It would have
been unsafe in the extreme even if
Questions About Your required permits would have been
Digital Subscription? granted.
E-mail webmaster
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idea of returning to Cartagena one
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ery. Of finding the greatest treasure,
land or sea, yet unrecovered. Bob
died before that dream could be real-
ized.

The San Jose is enmeshed in legal
turmoil by claimants that produce
contracts and assert rights to sal-
vage. Some claim to have found her
remains.

I never asked Bob Weller the loca-
tion of the San Jose. I have no doubt
that he knew her position and where
to look. He confided in me that the
wreckage was not in extreme depth,
rather within working range where
conventional diving means could
exploit it.

Cartagena remains an amazing
city on the border of the sea. Its
forts and ancient city walls present
a grand portrayal of life as it was in
colonial America.

The flag atop the city’s thick
walled fort furls and unfurls in the
wind. The glory of what was once
Spain’s colony in the New World can
only be imagined.

As I navigated through Boca
Chica pass aboard a modern cruise
ship into Cartagena Harbor, many
years after Bob Weller’s death, a
dense fog filled the early morning.
Fog over the water blocked out the
islands until our ship was almost
upon them.

Modern navigation expedited pas-
sage, yet, in a way, through dark of
early morning, dense fog and mist off
the sea, the scene of the momentous
naval engagement that took place so
many years ago came to life.

Perhaps one day intrepid salvors
will discover the remains of the San
Jose and recover gold doubloons
from her cargo. The stuff dreams are
made of.

Sources:
Interviews with Robert Weller,
archive research, logs of the British
ships and personal knowledge.

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The newly-discovered jewel with 30 hieroglyphs on its back, a pri-
vate message seen mostly by the king who wore it. Credit: University
of California - San Diego. Photo courtesy of http://www.ancient-ori-
gins.net/news-history-archaeology/impressively-large-jade-pendant-

unique-inscription-discovered-belize-007623

Large Jade Pendant like it in one of the big cities of the is currently examining closely the
With Unique Maya world. Instead, here it was, far inscription on the pendant.
Inscription Discovered from the center,” Braswell said as
A group of archaeologists have Phys Org reports. According to Prager and Braswell,
discovered in Belize a large, carved the jewel was possibly made for the
jade pendant that once belonged to The 7.4-inch-wide, 4.1-inch-long king Janaab’ Ohl K’inich and the
an ancient Maya king, inscribed with pendant is just 0.3 inches thick, and hieroglyphs describe the king’s par-
a historical text delineating its first researchers claim that sawing it into entage.
owner. this slim shape would have been
The newly found object is carved a feat in itself. Its sculptors would The text, according to Braswell,
in a T shape, which experts suggest have used just string, fat, and jade also describes the accession rites of
that signifies “wind and breath,” and dust. the king in the year 647, and ends
would have been worn on the king’s with a passage that could link the
chest during ceremonies. However, what makes this pedant king to the powerful city of Caracol
The finds also include a vessel truly significant from an archaeolog- in modern day Belize.
with a beaked face believed to depict ical point of view is that it is the only
a Maya god of wind. known jewel to be inscribed with a The researchers don’t think the
The jewel was first uncovered historical text, with 30 hieroglyphs pendent was stolen, but may instead
in 2015, in Nim Li Punit in south- describing its first owner carved into indicate the arrival of royalty at Nim
ern Belize. The T-shaped pendant is the back. Li Punit, revealing the founding of a
considered of extraordinary archaeo- new dynasty.
logical value for being the second “It literally speaks to us. The
largest Maya jade artifact found in story it tells is a short but important No solid conclusions can be made
Belize to date. one.” Braswell said and added that at this point, due to the fact that
Geoffrey Braswell, director of this discovery could even change Mayan script itself is not yet fully
the excavations and professor at what we know about the Mayan civi- deciphered. Many scientists have
University of California, San Diego, lization. Braswell also explained that intensely disagreed before regarding
suggests in a paper he recently pub- fortunately the pendant was not torn Mayan culture and scripts.
lished in the Cambridge University out of history by looters, “To find
journal Ancient Mesoamerica it on a legal expedition, in context, The team of researchers discov-
that, “It was like finding the Hope gives us information about the site ered the jewel during an excavation
Diamond in Peoria instead of New and the jewel that we couldn’t have of a palace built around the year 400
York. We would expect something otherwise had or maybe even imag- AD. Inside a tomb, which dates to
ined,” he said. about 800, they found twenty-five
pottery vessels, a large stone that
Christian Prager of the University had been flaked into the shape of a
of Bonn, a co-author on the paper, deity, and the jade pectoral. With the
exception of some teeth, there were

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no human remains. the 640 acres of land where the find simply magical and we look forward
The T-shaped pendent also has a T was made. to sharing the secrets and story they
hold in the years to come.
carved on the front the Mayan glyph Staffordshire County Council
‘ik,’ which according to the experts Leader, Philip Atkins, said: Experts have been assessing the
stands for “wind and breath.” find:
This amazing find of gold torcs
Wind was important in Maya cul- in the North of the county is quite This unique find is of interna-
ture, as it brought monsoon rains that
favored crops to thrive, “A recent
theory is that climate change caused
droughts that led to the widespread
failure of agriculture and the col-
lapse of Maya civilization.

The dedication of this tomb at that
time of crisis to the wind god who
brings the annual rains lends support
to this theory, and should remind
us all about the danger of climate
change,” Braswell told Phys Org.

Despite the fact that we may never
learn all the details we need to know
about this rare pendant, Braswell
reassures that he and his team plan
to return to the site during the spring
of this year and do further research
which may help us to understand
better the usage and significance of
this unique jewel.

Courtesy of http://www.ancient-
origins.net/news-history-archaeol-
ogy/impressively-large-jade-pen-
dant-unique-inscription-discovered-
belize-007623

Submitted by Len Myers.

‘Oldest’ Iron Age
Gold Discovered
The collection, which was
unveiled recently, has been named
the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs. It was
discovered by two treasure hunters
with metal detectors.
Experts say the unique find could
date back as far as 400BC and is of
huge international importance.
The four torcs, made up of three
neck torcs and one bracelet, and are
thought to be from the continent,
possibly Germany or France.
They were found by lifelong
friends Mark Hambleton and Joe
Kania in December. The pair have
said they plan to split any proceeds
with the farming family which owns

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tional importance. It dates to around Staffordshire and a coroner will rule
if the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs are
400–250 BC, and is probably the treasure.

earliest Iron Age gold work ever dis- Courtesy of  http://www.itv.
com/news/central/2017-02-28/
covered in Britain. oldest-iron-age-gold-discovered-on-
staffordshire-farmland/
The torcs were probably worn
Submitted by Len Myers.
by wealthy and powerful women,
More Orichalcum, the
perhaps people from the continent Atlantis Alloy, Turns
Up at a Shipwreck
who had married into the local com- The searchers have recovered yet
more ingots, possibly of the fabled
munity. Piecing together how these metal orichalcum, from a ship that
sank off the coast of Sicily around
objects came to be carefully buried 2,600 years ago.
The find has led some to pon-
in a Staffordshire field will give us der whether the mythical island of
Atlantis, where the legendary alloy
an invaluable insight into life in Iron was supposed to have been created,
was real. The shipwreck, however,
Age Britain.

The treasure was found about 45

miles north of Hammerwich, near The unique find is probably the
Lichfield, the site of the 2009 dis- earliest Iron Age gold work ever
covery of the Staffordshire Hoard.
cessfulTThHaetriss GtuhiedelarBgWes1t_2hpogardcoolfoAr.nqgxldo- discovered in Britain. Credit:
2/7S/2ta0f1f2ords1h1i:r1e7CAoMuntPyaCgoeu1ncil. Photos
Saxon gold ever found and perhaps courtesy of http://www.itv.com/news/
the most famous discovery made by central/2017-02-28/oldest-iron-age-
a metal detectorist.
gold-discovered-on-staffordshire-

An inquest will be held in North farmland/

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meters) off the coast of the Sicilian
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merged in about 10 feet (3 meters)
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Greek myth says Cadmus, a
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Christos Djonis wrote an article
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“… unfortunately, none of the
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another island in the Mediterranean. A Roman sarcophagus that was once only metal that surpassed it in value
Every known alloy containing cop- used as a garden ornament is now was gold.
per has been produced, including restored and displayed in Blenheim
orichalcum, on Cyprus since the 4th Palace. Source: Blenheim Palace. "The outermost wall was coated
millennium BC. with brass, the second with tin, and
Photos courtesy of http://www.ancient- the third, which was the wall of the
Plato wrote that orichalcum cov- origins.net/news-history-archaeology/ citadel, flashed with the red light of
ered the walls, columns and floors could-be-most-expensive-flowerpot- orichalcum," Plato wrote. Poseidon’s
of Poseidon’s temple. He wrote the england-364000-roman-sarcophagus- laws were also inscribed onto a pillar

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A grapnel anchor found in Acre harbor by marine archaeologists. (Ehud Galili) Gold coin issued
by John III, Holy Emperor of Nicaea III (1222-1254 AD), found in Acre. (Zinman Institute of
the University of Haifa and the Deutsche Orden) And Glazed Crusader bowl and horseshoe,
imported from Europe. (Michal Artzy) Photo courtesy of http://www.ancient-origins.net/news-
history-archaeology/crusader-shipwreck-yields-coins-and-other-artifacts-final-years-holy-land-
021278?nopaging=1

of orichalcum, according to Plato. turns-helmets-sicilian-shipwreck- of antiquities.
The city of Gela on Sicily was what-was-021254 Palace officials decided to bet-

rich and had many workshops that Submitted by Len Myers. ter examine the almost two meters
produced fine objects.  Could This Be the Most (6’6ft) long artifact at the sugges-
Expensive Flowerpot? tion of an antiques expert, who was
Researchers believe the orichal- An ancient Roman sarcophagus impressed by the object’s ornate
cum pieces were en route to those worth up to 345,000 Euros ($364,000) carvings. Ironically, his visit was
workshops for use in decorations and has been found in England. The unrelated to the Roman marble cof-
fashion objects. precious marble coffin was discov- fin, which he noticed coincidentally.
ered on the grounds of Blenheim
Altogether, the researchers have Palace, a monumental country house Kate Ballenger, house manager at
discovered 47 new ingots of varying situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, the palace, told Daily Mail:
sizes and shapes. (Sebastiano Tusa, where it was used as a flowerpot for
Soprintendenza del Mare-Regione almost a century. “We were alerted to the sarcoph-
Sicilia) What could be described as an agus’ importance by an antiques
unfortunate case of mistaken iden- expert who was visiting the estate.
Apart from this metal, the ship- tity, the newly acknowledged Roman We always thought it was a beautiful
wreck also yielded two bronze artifact of immense archaeological sculpture but we were not aware of
Corinthian helmets. and historical significance, served the fact is was a Roman sarcopha-
as a humble flowerpot for the past gus dating back to 300 AD. First an
“The presence of helmets and 100 years in the rock garden of Sir elaborate water feature and then a
weapons aboard ships is rather com- Winston Churchill’s birthplace in planter for flowers, it has now been
mon. They were used against pirate Oxfordshire. conserved and relocated inside the
incursions,” Tusa told Seeker.com. Before that, the valuable sarcoph- palace. We are delighted to have
“Another hypothesis is that they agus was obtained and used during it back and the restoration work
were meant to be an offer to the the 19th century as a garden orna- is very impressive. Now it is in a
gods.” ment (a type of fountain) by the consistent indoor climate away from
fifth Duke of Marlborough, who was the natural elements we are hoping
Tusa and his colleagues are still at famous for his impressive collection it will remain in good condition and
work on the shipwreck and expect to survive for many more centuries to
recover more cargo. come.”

Courtesy of http://www.ancient-
origins.net/news-history-archaeolo-
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After conservators removed positioned on public display in an The Military Orders drove back
the front marble section, which is underground room in Blenheim the Mamluks but three days later
the genuine part, and carried out Palace. the inner wall was breached. King
a detailed examination they were Henry escaped, but the bulk of the
shocked to identify the basin as a Courtesy of http://www.ancient- defenders and most of the citizens
white marble sarcophagus portray- origins.net/news-history-archaeolo- perished or were sold into slavery.
ing lively and noisy Dionysian fes- gy/could-be-most-expensive-flow-
tivities, dating back to 300 AD. erpot-england-364000-roman-sar- The surviving knights fell back to
cophagus-was-021260 their fortress, resisting for ten days,
To be more specific, the impres- until the Mamluks broke through,
sive carvings depict a dissipated Submitted by Len Myers. killing them. Western Christianity
Dionysus, leaning on an equally would never again establish a firm
intoxicated woodland satyr. Shipwreck Yields foothold in the Middle East.
Coins & Artifacts
The pair are surrounded by other Marine archaeologists have dis- Marine archaeologists from Haifa
partygoers including Heracles and covered some intriguing artifacts in University, Prof. Michal Artzy and
Ariadne, as well as two large lion the wreck of a ship belonging to the Dr. Ehud Galili, led the exploration
heads. Crusaders in Acre, Israel. of the Crusader shipwreck.
It dates to the time of the val-
Fortunately, the sarcophagus iant last stand by the few remaining The ship was severely damaged
appears to be in great shape, despite knights and mercenaries who died during the construction of the mod-
being exposed to natural elements for heroically defending the walls of the ern harbor of Acre, while the surviv-
nearly 200 years. Nicholas Banfield, last powerful Christian fortress in the ing wreckage includes ballast-cov-
of Cliveden Conservation of Taplow, Holy Land. ered wooden planks, the ship’s keel,
Berks, who has supervised the resto- The Crusader kingdom in the Holy and a few sections of its hull.
ration, told Daily Mail: “The piece Land began to collapse in the 13th
is actually in remarkable condition century. The fall of Jaffa and Antioch Carbon dating showed that the
considering it has withstood seem- in 1268 to the Muslims forced Louis wood used to construct the hull dates
ingly aggressive environments, par- IX to undertake the Eighth Crusade to between 1062 AD and 1250 AD.
ticularly that of a fountain recep- (1270), which was cut short by his Among the keel and planks that
tacle.” death. The Ninth Crusade (1271– remain, thirty impressive golden
72), was led by Prince Edward, who coins were also found.
This is not the first time such a landed at Acre but retired after con-
valuable and historic artifact was cluding a truce. In 1289, Tripoli fell Robert Kool of Israel Antiquities
used as a flowerpot. In 2013, auc- to the Muslims, leaving Acre as the Authority identified the coins as “flo-
tioneer Guy Schwinge sold a simi- only remaining Christian fortress in rins,” which were used in Florence
lar sarcophagus for 115,000 Euros the Holy Land. during the 1200’s.
($121k) after finding it being used Capturing Acre was extreme-
as a plant trough. He claims that this ly crucial from a geopolitical and Historical firsthand sources from
sarcophagus could be worth three strategical point of view for the the Siege of Acre recorded that
times that price and apparently, Mr. Mamluks, as Western European forc- nobles and merchants used such
Schwinge, of Duke’s Auctioneers of es had used the site for a very long coins to bribe the owners of the boats
Dorchester, Dorset, seems to agree time as a landing point for European in order to buy their fleet.
with Schwinge’s predictions.   soldiers, knights, and horses, as well
as an international commercial spot In addition to the golden coins
He tells Daily Mail, “The quality for the export of sugar, spices, glass, found near the wreckage, marine
of this sarcophagus panel suggests it and textiles back to Europe. archaeologists also found imported
was made in Rome for a high status During the spring of 1291, the ceramic bowls and jugs from south-
member of the patrician elite. The Egyptian sultan Al-Ashraf Khalil ern Italy, Syria, and Cyprus; cor-
overall form and Dionysian carving with his immense forces (over roded pieces of iron, mostly nails,
suggest a date late in the late 2nd 100,000 cavalry and foot soldiers) and anchors.
century and the lion’s masks are a attacked the fortress in Acre and
clear expression of Roman Imperial for six weeks the siege dragged on Excavation work in the area began
power. At auction a panel of this - until the Mamluks took the outer last year and the impressive new
sophistication could easily realize wall. finds are now coming to light.
£300,000 or more with the Blenheim
Palace provenance.” Courtesy of http://www.ancient-
origins.net/news-history-archaeolo-
The sarcophagus has now been gy/crusader-shipwreck-yields-coins-
and-other-artifacts-final-years-holy-
land-021278?nopaging=1

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