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The Highlands Beach Gold Wreck Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
Historical and current New York and New Jersey Shipwreck Information and images for scuba divers and fisherman.

Back in 1948 a beach comber found the first gold coin while strolling along Highlands Beach. Another account Potters Treasure Divers Guide reports that "the first six of these Portuguese gold coins were picked up by a lobsterman." In either case word soon got out and the local inhabitants scoured over the beach. They even used shovels and sifting screens. These efforts produced an additional 28 gold coins. We do not know the origins of these coins but there could be a treasure wreck only a short distance from shore.

In 1995 Mike Mc Meekin and I relocated the sight where the coins had been found. We walked the beach with a metal detector and even used the machine while scuba diving in the shallow water but found nothing but modern coins.





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