"People love treasure stories. It resonates with everybody — every demographic, young and old, rich and poor," Brisben said.
Nine of the coins discovered were "Royals" valued at $300,000 apiece. Those rare coins were designed specifically for King Phillip V. of Spain.
In an email, Brisben's fellow diver William Bartlett, who discovered the coins, said, "For a treasure diver such as myself, a find like this is the equivalent of winning an Olympic gold medal."
The state of Florida is legally entitled to 20 percent of the discovered coins, which will be put on display in a Tallahassee museum. The remaining loot will be split between Brisben, his co-captain and the diver who discovered the artifacts.
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