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This tiny gold combined toothpick and earwax spoon is worth more than $100,000!


A tiny gold combined toothpick and earwax spoon, believed to be more than 385 years old was found by experts during the search for a shipwrecked Spanish galleon off the Florida Keys yesterday. The 7.6-centimeter-long grooming tool dates back to the late 16th or early 17th century and was probably worn on a gold chain, experts said. It weighs only about 28 grams, but its value could exceed U.S. $100,000, Blue Water Ventures diver Chris Rackley told the Associated Press.
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Santa Margarita was part of Spain’s Tierra Firme treasure fleet carrying goods between Europe and the New World. In addition to its 143 passengers and crew, the galleon sank carrying a wide array of coins, pearls, gold bars, and other treasures.


The divers, who are searching the shipwreck trail of the Spanish galleon Santa Margarita that sank in a 1622 hurricane, also recovered ceramic pieces, spikes, ships’ fittings, rigging elements and two skeleton keys.




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