New Orleans Firm Marketing Coins From 1715 Shipwrecks
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans investment firm has begun marketing gold coins from a 300-year-old shipwreck discovered off Florida's coast.
Blanchard and Company is one of two dealers offering the coins from an area where 11 treasure-laden ships of a Spanish fleet were smashed onto reefs by a hurricane on July 31, 1715. The other dealer is California-based Monaco Rare Coins.
John Albanese, a New Jersey-based coin expert who brokered the sales, said in an interview Friday that most of the 295 coins being offered were found by divers exploring the area last year on the 300th anniversary of the disaster.
Albanese said a few are from earlier expeditions in 2010 and 2013. He said the combined market value of the coins is more than $1 million.
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