America Shipwreck Coins
In August of 1857, some 400 passengers left the
Vallejo Street Wharf in San Francisco headed from the California Gold
Rush back east, first by steamship to Panama, then over the isthmus by
railroad– and finally aboard the S.S. Central America steamship headed for
New York. Little did these adventurers on board the "Ship of Gold"
realize they were headed toward a watery grave in the Atlantic Ocean.
On that tragic day in September of 1857, the mail steamship S.S. Central
America was battered by a fierce hurricane off the coast of the
Carolinas. Within a few hours, over 500 passengers and a treasure ship full of Gold sunk to a watery grave
where they remained buried beneath the Atlantic Ocean for the next 150
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Thanks to the recent advent of underwater robots, items from famous shipwrecks like the
Titanic and the S.S. Central America have been brought to the surface and
saved. The newest deep sea recovery technology was used to bring up and
preserve these historic, National Treasures. At this time only, Austin
Rare Coins is proud to offer to the American public a rare opportunity
to acquire one of these important pieces of California Gold Rush
Without a doubt, the Gold aboard the S.S. Central America shipwreck of 1857 is one
of our country's most important Gold hoards. It's been called “America’s Lost
Treasure” and is often compared to the Crown Jewels of England or King Tut’s
Tomb. Indeed, among the contents of this Gold treasure ship are priceless pieces of American history and
items of inestimable value– worth far more than ordinary collections of precious
metals or rare coins.
On Board Was a Hoard of Pre-Civil Gold Coins
This amazing shipwreck had on board tons of California Gold bars– and a
treasure chest filled with $20 Liberty Gold coins, dated 1857. These coins
were newly minted from the San Francisco Mint and were preserved underwater in
gem, mint condition.
Since these 1857 Gold coins were salvaged from the ocean floor, each one
has been certified authentic and graded by PCGS. Each coin was placed in
a specially sealed holder along with it's unique Pedigree designation
"S.S. Central America" to forever guarantee the originality of these rare,
National Treasures. For price and availability, call Rare Coin
Specialist at 1-800-928-6468.
Austin Rare Coins is proud to offer you the opportunity to acquire one of these
true pieces of American frontier history, from the S.S. Central
The Ship of Gold
The National Treasures from the 1857 S.S. Central America Shipwreck, better known
as The Ship of Gold, are a snapshot of America’s most historic era, the
California Gold Rush.
Salvaged from the shipwreck was Gold in the form of raw Gold dust and even small
nuggets. There were also Gold assay bars weighing up to fifty-five pounds. For rare coin collectors there
are some of the most highly prized Gold coins form the Pre-Civil War, frontier days including mint
condition $20 Liberty Gold pieces struck in 1857 at the United States branch
mint in San Francisco.
There's No Other Shipwreck Like This One
Several books have been written about this historic ship of Gold– the S.S. Central
America that sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in 1857.
The most famous book is "America's Lost Treasure," a complete pictorial
chronicle of the sinking and recovery of the United States Mail Steamship
Central America. Our thanks to the authors for sharing these photos with
This amazing steamship, truly a treasure ship, carried 578 passengers,
38,000 pieces of mail, and literally tons of Gold ingots, Gold nuggets and
Gold dust from the California Gold Rush of the 1850’s.
Priceless Pieces of U.S. History Saved
The Gold coins on this treasure ship are priceless pieces of American history. Many items are of
inestimable future value– worth far more than ordinary
collections of precious metals or rare coins. Many artifacts from luggage, clothing, bottles, and china
dishes were recovered from the ocean floor after 150 years and moved to museums for
As a major rare coin dealer, we're thrilled with the $20 Liberty Gold coins
dating 1857 which were on board. From an historic point of view, the Central
America shipwreck is a unique time capsule. It reflects the prosperity of the California Gold
Rush and symbolizes the very character and spirit of the Western frontier before
the Civil War.
Austin Rare Coins Offers Shipwrecked Gold
What makes this shipwreck so important to rare coin collectors are the extremely
high quality, Pre-Civil War, $20 Liberty Gold coins that are now available.
It is with great pleasure that Austin Rare Coins can offer a few of the
highly prized Gold coins from the S.S. Central America shipwreck. You can call a
one of our Rare Coin Specialists to place your reservations or follow this link
to read on.
Shipwreck U.S. Gold Coins Preserved After 150 Years on the Ocean Floor
As this report continues, we'll discuss details
of the 1857 shipwreck of the S.S. Central America. We'll show you how these historic Gold coins were
salvaged and share details on
how these shipwrecked coins were preserved in pristine condition after 150 years
under the ocean.
Scientists believe that special environmental conditions combined to preserve the treasures from the S.S. Central
America shipwreck. The frigid temperatures and a nonexistent current at 8,500
feet below the ocean preserved the finest details of writing on the Gold bars
and Gold coins.
Almost miraculously, the soft surfaces of the Gold coins were not etched by the
salt water. The photo above shows the Gold coins, on the
ocean floor, scattered around where they fell over 150 years before. Amazingly,
columns of Gold coins were still stacked even though the wooden boxes that had
once surrounded them had rotted away decades ago.
Each Coin Retrieved from 8,500 Feet Below the Atlantic
Bringing these coins to the surface was quite a task. Thanks to the meticulous efforts and special suction
devices, many of the Gold coins were brought to the surface one by one in a nearly perfect
state of preservation.
To retrieve the large blocks of coins, sophisticated salvage equipment was invented
to pour silicone rubber in liquid form around the stacks of Gold. Once the
silicone dried, the robot could safely pick up the block intact and carry to the
Our Austin Buying Trust has carefully inspected these 1857 coins and we were amazed
at the state of preservation and magnificent eye appeal. Each coin has passed
the rigorous inspection of the Professional Coin Grading Service and we have
available specimens grading in Gem Brilliant Uncirculated, mint condition
MS-64 and MS-65. All coins are certified and fully guaranteed.
Includes Deluxe Packaging and a Certificate of Authenticity
Each $20 Liberty in this release has been encapsulated in a registered and
numbered holder. Sealed inside is its grading certificate along with its
official Pedigree “S.S. Central America" which forever documents this as an
official coin from the 1857 shipwreck. Also included is special deluxe
leather packaging perfect for gift giving.
Salvaging Shipwrecked Gold over 150 Years Underwater...
For more than a century, the legends and mystery of the “Ship of Gold” lured would-be salvagers to the
Carolina Coast. Books were written documenting the
disaster. Tales abounded of Gold bars weighing up to 750 ounces.
Ultimately the lure of the S.S. Central America attracted the attention of the
world’s best ocean engineers and scientists. Still, it seemed impossible that
the lost treasure ship could ever be found and recovered from the deep waters of
the Atlantic Ocean.
Shipwreck Located After 131 Years
In 1988, ocean engineer Tommy Thompson, geologist Bob Evans, and the
Columbus Discovery Group went in search of the treasure ship S.S. Central America.
Dr. Lawrence Stone, a leading expert on search theory, was brought in for the
search. He had gathered data from the 1968 search in the Atlantic of the
U.S. nuclear submarine Scorpion. With the aid of sophisticated computers,
the scientists built sophisticated search models similar to those you've seen
used in recent airplane crashes in the Atlantic.
An enterprise of 161 partners raised $10 million dollars over three years to
fund the team of 40 scientists, engineers and technicians in the search. The
advent of side-scanning sonar helped to map the ocean floor in detail. After two
years of searching, a ghostly image of the side-wheel of a steamship and a ship's
bell appeared on the monitors. Without a doubt, this was the S.S. Central America!
In a strange coincidence, it was the same day September 11th some 131 years
earlier that the S.S. Central America began taking on water during the hurricane.
Finding the "Ship of Gold" Was An Historic Event
In many ways, locating the S.S. Central America was a more
important event for Americans than locating the Titanic. After all, this
was U.S. mail steamship, filled with historical artifacts and Pre-Civil War
Then, unexpectedly the first Gold ingots came to light. Amidst rotted wood,
scattered Gold dust, Gold bars and Gold coins began to appear. And now, after a
years of legal battles, the Supreme Court has ruled and the coins are now
available to American public. If you'd like to speak to a Gold Specialist about
these coins, call Austin Rare Coins at 1-800-928-6468 Monday through Friday.