Shipwreck coins to be sold at auction

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03 January 2020
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Rare US coins that were discovered in the shipwreck of the S.S. Central America, are set to go under the hammer in the USA in February.

Nine rare 1856 ‘Seated Liberty’ quarter dollars, featuring the large S over small s mint mark, which were discovered in the shipwreck of the S.S. Central America, are set to go under the hammer in February at Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc, in the USA.

The rare coins were discovered amongst the ruins of what has become known as the ‘Ship of Gold’ that sank in 1857 carrying tons of California Gold Rush-era treasure.

The wreck was first discovered in the 1980s, before further coins were recovered in 2014. The California Gold Marketing Group acquired all the treasure recovered in the 2014 operation in November 2019, and now the coins are set to be sold.

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The S.S. Central America was carrying tons of California gold that had been shipped from San Francisco to Panama when she sank in a hurricane in September 1857.

According to the PCGS: ‘the loss of the ship’s gold cargo was a major factor in the economically devastating financial panic of 1857 in the United States.’

Meanwhile, a new book provides previously undisclosed information about Gold Rush sunken treasure of the fabled 'Ship of Gold', find out more about the book America’s Greatest Treasure Ship: the S.S. Central America – the Second Treasure-Finding Journey here.

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