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Lot # 1224 (of 1411)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Historic 1865 SS Republic Shipwreck Seated Liberty Half Dollar

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $580.00

The Civil War ended in 1865. The agricultural economy, the plantation system, and the social order of the South were gone forever. By October it was clear that something must be done immediately to begin Reconstruction. Part of that help was to supply money for trade and commerce. That money came in the form of $400,000 in gold and silver coins aboard the SS Republic that was being transferred from Northern banks to New Orleans. The owners of the paddle wheeler steamship, the SS Republic embarked on an ill-fated journey leaving New York headed to New Orleans. It was a voyage that met disaster in a hurricane and ended with a shipwreck and $400,000 in gold and silver coins lost at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for the next 138 years. In August 2003, using advanced sonar and computers much like those used to find the Titantic, scientists of the Odyssey Marine Exploration group finally located the SS Republic shipwreck. The amazing shipwreck site was littered with historically significant Civil War era artifacts. Most importantly, there was an unknown hoard of genuine, Civil War era silver coins. Presented is an 1855 Seated Liberty Silver Half Dollar from this historic find. To forever protect and document the history of this Civil War era silver half dollar, it was encapsulated along with its personalized certificate and numbered barcode. The coin is certified authentic by NGC and pedigreed with "Shipwreck Effect" over an emblem of the SS Republic. The coin bears the highly prized "O" mint mark from the long-closed U.S. Mint in New Orleans. The "Shipwreck Effect" coin is presented in an impressive hardwood display case. The top bears a finely detailed, engraved SS Republic name plate. This coin is a treasure from one of America's most celebrated shipwreck finds- the SS Republic. Also included is a DVD copy of the National Geographic Explorer TV program that documents the find, recovery, and conserving of coins from the SS Republic shipwreck. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $580.00

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