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  1. #1
    au
    Feb 2012
    WESTERN AUSTRALIA
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    Cobs from the Gilt Dragon Western Australia

    "When the Gilt dragon struck the reef and sank, 118 lives were lost. Three hundred years later (Before the Museum Amendment Act of 1964 had been introduced) it almost claimed my life too"
    28 April 1656 the VOC Gilt Dragon struck a reef 5.6 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia.
    On board were Bronze canon, Elephant tusks, Thousands of Ballast bricks, Earthenware jugs, Eight chests of silver coins and a crew of 193 (118 drowned). Seven brave men in a dinghy set off on a 1,400 nautical mile journey to seek help from Batavia. Amazingly they succeeded and reached their destination but sadly various rescue missions failed to find any trace of the remaining 69 castaways. The mystery remains to this day. Read the full story http://beachcomber-contractor.weebly.com Rex Woodmore
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    BEACHCOMBER CONTRACTOR
    An Australian Not For Profit Voluntary Community Service*
    Searching for Lost Rings, Lost Jewelry & Other Lost Treasure.
    *Assistance with travel costs & a reward is appreciated.
    Email: Beachcomber@contractor.net
    WEBSITE http://Beachcomber-Contractor.wee

  2. #2
    au
    made in Madrid

    Jul 2008
    BRISBANE
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Cobs from the Gilt Dragon Western Australia

    Gday Rex, Interesting story. Did you get to keep any Coins for your self ? Or did you have to give them to the Western Australia government.
    Ossy
    Son of Wolf

  3. #3
    au
    Feb 2012
    WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    Garrett AT Pro
    12
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting

    Re: Cobs from the Gilt Dragon Western Australia

    Hi Ossy,
    I don't remember how many coins from the Gilt Dragon I had. But all were checked & certified by the museum during an amnesty. I had pieces of 2 (very fragile & worn) Pieces of 4 and Pieces of eight. I had some stolen in Adelaide while I was in the army. Then when I had my house burgled in WA I lost the rest of them. The museum had to bring out of retirement the Guy that had catalogued them all those years ago, so he could research and give an accurate description of my coins to the CIB & the insurance company.
    Only just last week while on a prospecting trip with my brother, I remember that I had given him the two I have shown here. He is hanging on to them, but he gave me the photos.
    I just wish I could find some more while detecting. Oh well! I found an 1896 Queen Victoria penny this morning (old by Australian standards)
    All the best with your hunting.
    Rex (or should that be Wrecks?)
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    BEACHCOMBER CONTRACTOR
    An Australian Not For Profit Voluntary Community Service*
    Searching for Lost Rings, Lost Jewelry & Other Lost Treasure.
    *Assistance with travel costs & a reward is appreciated.
    Email: Beachcomber@contractor.net
    WEBSITE http://Beachcomber-Contractor.wee

  4. #4
    au
    made in Madrid

    Jul 2008
    BRISBANE
    1,107
    44 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by BeachcomberContractor View Post
    "When the Gilt dragon struck the reef and sank, 118 lives were lost. Three hundred years later (Before the Museum Amendment Act of 1964 had been introduced) it almost claimed my life too"
    28 April 1656 the VOC Gilt Dragon struck a reef 5.6 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia.
    On board were Bronze canon, Elephant tusks, Thousands of Ballast bricks, Earthenware jugs, Eight chests of silver coins and a crew of 193 (118 drowned). Seven brave men in a dinghy set off on a 1,400 nautical mile journey to seek help from Batavia. Amazingly they succeeded and reached their destination but sadly various rescue missions failed to find any trace of the remaining 69 castaways. The mystery remains to this day. Read the full story ***Beachcomber Contractor - Introduction Rex Woodmore
    Hi Rex, I just brought some from a dealer in Western Australia !!! Have sent you a PM
    Cheers, Ossy
    Son of Wolf

 

 

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