Must-See-TV for Enthusiasts and Collectors of Shipwreck Coinage

Posted on 1/12/2009

New Discovery Channel Series Debuts Thursday, January 15.

Join deepwater explorers Odyssey Marine Exploration as they search for — and find — some of the world's greatest shipwrecks and bring the ships' untold stories back from the mysterious deep.

Watch Treasure Quest starting this Thursday, January 15, on the Discovery Channel at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

A world leader in commercial deep-water exploration and recovery, this assembly of experienced explorers is gearing up for its most ambitious season of searching for shipwrecks yet. The company's goal for the 2008 season is extraordinary: to find and recover two of the greatest shipwrecks ever lost at sea. Their value could be well in excess of a billion dollars.

Yet, the stakes of this adventure are even higher. Odyssey Marine Exploration is setting itself another challenge: to penetrate the mysteries of dozens of never-before-seen shipwrecks — and to bring to light their stories of untold riches, courageous men and women, tragic endings and remarkable rescues.

In 2003, Odyssey discovered the Civil War era shipwreck of the SS Republic®, 100 miles off the coast of Georgia and subsequently recovered over 51,000 coins and 14,000 artifacts from nearly 1,700 feet deep.

In May 2007, the company announced the largest historic deep-ocean treasure recovery of over 500,000 silver and several hundred gold coins, weighing 17 tons, from a Colonial era site code-named "Black Swan."

During 2008, Odyssey located and tentatively identified at least one of its targeted high-value shipwrecks in the “Atlas” search area and Discovery Channel’s cameras were there to capture every discovery.

For a sneak preview of the show, visit the Treasure Quest on the Discovery Channel Web site.

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