Another of our Shipwreck pieces,
This coin is a "Frag" ( a fragmented coin, exposed to erosion from the 300+ years of shifting sand).
This coin is from the 1715 Fleet, known as the Plate Fleet.
The 11 ships, all sunk simultaneously off the immediate coast of Vero Beach, Florida, was one of the heaviest laden with treasure bound for Spain.
This group of boats sunk within sight of land, but again, the fear and lack of understanding of water had nearly all the crew and passengers drowning.
This is the wreck site that keeps giving.
Under the protectorship now of Kim Fisher, Divers can search the sight with a lease and approval, however, for over 300 years, every time a storm would pass through, new coins and artifacts would be uncovered.
You can still walk the beach today, and with a lucky kick, find a coin.
This piece, rendered in fabricated 18K k yellow gold, simply follows the form of the clearly visible Crusader's Cross. All suspended on a grouping of Biwa pearls.
The backdrop is one of the silver vessels recovered from the Atocha.
You can clearly see the erosion on this piece,
The sea life was attracted to the oxides being given of by the copper/silver amalgam and formations would appear, and while protecting the artifact to some degree, the silver would still display deep pitting.