Family finds gold: A family of treasure hunters found over $300,000 in gold this week off the Florida coast after unearthing a fortune of chains and gold coins. The Schmitt family, who owns Booty Savage, discovered the $300,000 in gold in Fort Pierce while scuba diving for treasure, UPI reports this Tuesday, Sept. 3.
The family that struck gold over the weekend was on one of their usual treasure hunts, but came across a trove they never expected. Father Rick Schmitt, his wife, and children were looking underwater when they found over 64 feet of a thin but costly golden chain. At the underwater site, the treasure-hunting family also came across a total of five gold coins, as well as an embossed golden rings in the Florida water.
A local appraiser put the value of the unearthed (or at least unearthed from sea) gold at well over $300,000. Quite a find for a weekend’s work and a haul off the Fort Pierce coast. The gold isn’t just pricey, either; the small hoard believed to be possibly 300 years old as well, according to one expert.
"To be the first person to touch an artifact in 300 years, is indescribable," the appraised stated on the family’s gold find. "They were there 150 years before the Civil War. It's truly remarkable to be able to bring that back."
The Schmitt family confirmed that their huge haul is the most expensive they have ever salvaged before, and is a definite milestone for Booty Salvage.
"The greatest treasure is time with the family," added Lisa Schmitt, Rick Schmitt's wife.
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