Fort Pierce, Florida (CNN/WPTV) -- A salvage group hit the jackpot off the Treasure Coast this Labor Day weekend.
"It was a lot of emotion. The first was excitement, followed by a lot of, just, you know, almost crying," says Eric Schmitt.
Schmitt is part of the Fort Pierce Booty Salvage treasure diving crew that searches for 17th century treasures left from a Spanish shipwreck on the Treasure Coast.
This weekend, they found more gold than ever in decades of searching the sea floor.
"It's one of the largest finds that has been made on this coast in a very long time," says Schmitt.
Three hundred to $350,000 worth of centuries-old gold was found just 1,000 feet off the coast of Fort Pierce including 70 to 80 feet of gold chains and four Escudo coins that date back to the 1700's from Peru. Just one of the coins the crew found, worth $30,000, would typically be enough to make their entire season.
But for Schmitt, the deep-sea search isn't only about striking it rich.
"It's about the history, it's who wore this. The respect for the person who was in the New World and had this made -- and this was probably his entire life savings."
But Schmitt says after his lucky weekend the gold sure does buy them some peace of mind and motivation.
"We're going to keep doing the same thing we did, but with a lot bigger smile."
The crew found gold last Labor Day weekend as well. This year's gold will be divided with their contractor and 20% will be given to the state to be put on display.