Shipwreck US Gold coins, golden treasures from the S.S. New York, S.S. Republic, S.S. Central America, and S.S. Brother Jonathon.






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Update 8/18/12. All of the shipwreck coins listed on this page are now sold. We are leaving the page available as a reference. We will shortly be putting up four new pages devoted to each of the major US shipwrecks. The links to the left will be working shortly.


US1.  From the wreck of the S.S. Central America

           (lost September 12, 1857 off Charleston, SC)  [Sold]


Unlike the common 20A and 20B varieties, which total about 2/3 of the recovery from the Central America, the narrow serif 20C is distinctly hard to acquire in choice condition. Look at the 20C featured in the showcase Christie's auction of December 2000.  That coin (lot 100) had two prominent bagmarks on the face and the familiar cloudy red toning, especially on the reverse. This coin is both cleaner and much more lustrous, but in their infinite wisdom PCGS has declared the baggy, heavily toned coin a MS 65 and this one a MS 63. You judge for yourself.


Sold. or 480-595-1293




US2.  From the wreck of the S.S. Brother Jonathon

           (lost July 30, 1865 north of San Francisco)


This double eagle from the Brother Jonathon is sold but we strong buyers of all choice BJ gold. Want lists welcome. or 480-595-1293




US 3. From the wreck of paddlewheeler S.S. Republic,

           (lost October 25, 1865 off the Georgia coast)

          1855 S $20 Type One Liberty, large S variety,

           with the deluxe display case, disc, and slipcover from Odyssey Marine.

           Three 1855 S are reported recovered from the Republic,

           none better than AU 58. [Sold]



While something over 300 1855 S were recovered from the S.S. Central America, the S.S. Republic has yielded very few San Francisco issues of this date.  This is not surprising if we recall that the Central America was en route from San Francisco when she was lost, while the Republic was sailing out of New York for New Orleans. No Republic 1855 S appeared in Bowers & Merena's premier sale of Treasures of the S.S. Republic (April, 2005). Odyssey Marine has released no information officially on the number and quality of the 1855 S recovered, but the current census is three coins. No mint state 1855 S were recovered, so AU 58 is the highest grade 1855 S obtainable from the Republic.



1855 S double eagles in Choice AU from the SS Republic are 100x more rare than similar coins from the SS Central America. Choice AU SS Central America 1855 S now regularly sell for $6900- $7200.  We are very pleased to be able to offer this rarity on consignment from an Odyssey investor .  Sold or 480-595-1293


FYI, Gold coins from the S.S. Republic come with two types of attractive large wooden boxes. Pictured below is the Deluxe box & case with a glass inset image of the S.S. Republic. The Deluxe box contains the coin, a DVD and booklet about the Republic and her treasure, and also a removable display frame. All in all, a very attractive presentation.






US 5. From the wreck of the S.S. New York, [sold]

lost September 6th, 1846 in the Gulf of Mexico en route to New Orleans,

1834 Classic Head half eagle ($5), Plain 4 variety. NGC AU 53.


Six 1834 Half Eagles were recovered from the S.S. New York, three of them encapsulated as "Shipwreck Effect" coins.


Sold. or 480-595-1293


By the way, if you are new to collecting gold from the SS New York, I recommend you obtain a copy of Q. David Bowers' excellent book on the ship and her treasure, and a copy of the premier 2008 Stack's auction of SS New York coins. While I have copies of either, I will include them at my cost with this coin.




US 5. From the wreck of the S.S. New York,  [SOLD]

            New Orleans,   1843 O Coronet Type No motto eagle ($10). NGC AU 55.

           The second finest example of this rare New Orleans eagle recovered from

            the S.S. New York.


All S.S. New York gold coins come the leather faux box pictured below. A deluxe copy of David Bowers' study of the wreck is highly recommended and available at our cost.


SOLD. or 480-595-1293








US9. From the Fort Capron Treasure (1857)     [SOLD]

         a rare pre-war New Orleans eagle, 1844 0, in Choice Uncirculated

         condition but with light ocean effect. NGC "UNC Details Sea

         Salvaged". Though best known for its run of 1855-57 S double eagles, the Capron Treasure also contained a few very rare eagles and half eagles from the Charlotte, Dahlonega, and New Orleans mints. Amongst the rarest was the 1844 O, for which only two uncirculated specimens were then known to exist. This New Orleans eagle is now sold, but we are very eager to other Ft Capron coins, especially branch mint issues. or 480-595-1293





On May 1st, 1857 Major Jeremiah Dashiell was attempting to deliver a payroll to the troops stationed at Fort Capron, an important Florida outpost in the Third Seminole War. Having missed high tide, the impatient Major Dashiell decided to trust $23,000 in gold to a longboat and row it throughout a swift tidal inlet to the Fort. Sure enough, a large wave caught the longboat as it was maneuvering to enter the inlet and capsized it. Major Dasiell and his rowers were saved but the payroll was lost and could not be recovered from the deep sandy bottom.  106 years later two Ft Pierce locals--Ft Capron is located in modern Ft Pierce, Florida-- were lobster hunting just north of the inlet. The morning of March 10, 1963 was not yielding many lobsters but then Al Ashley and the teenage Jim Gordy noticed a funny looking reef. Its top and lee side looked like they were paved in gold. In fact, they were! Over 3000 US gold coins, the entire Fort Capron payroll, were lying there in about 12 feet of water, waiting for someone to come and recover them, which Al and Jim were willing to do. Not eager to share their find with the State of Florida or the US Government, Al and Jim underestimated it in official 1964 salvage documents and quietly went about selling their coins until a dispute between the partners broke out in 1968. After four years of litigation a settlement between the partners and with the State of Florida was finally reached in 1972, resulting in the "donation" of 250 US gold coins to the Florida State Collection (where they remain to this day).





A question: Do you have 1898 or 1899 US half eagles recovered in 1995 from the 1899 Philippine wreck of the USS Charleston?