Feb 062012
 

Believe it or not, this strange object is a lump of coral indented with old silver coins. It was recovered from the wreck of the Vergulde Draeck (Gilt Dragon), an East India Company ‘jacht’ which struck a reef near Ledge Point in 1656, not far from the mouth of the Moore River about 100 kilometres north of Perth.

For more about the ship and the coins she was carrying read: Treasure Trove: shipwrecked coral coins – ABC Canberra – Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

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