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Shipwreck Coins

Here we feature gold and and siver coins that have been recovered from various U.S. shipwrecks such as the S.S. Central America Shipwreck, otherwise known as "The Ship of Gold". Over the past two decades we've handled rare coins from the S.S. Brother Jonathan of 1865, the S.S. Republic of 1865, and the S.S. New York of 1845. All of these coins are original, certified shipwreck recovery coins. Austin Rare Coins has been involved with every major shipwreck offering since the S.S. Brother Jonathan was recovered in the 1990’s.

We're pleased to announce that we're one of the few dealers who have access to some of the rare fractional gold coins recovered from the 1857 SS Central America shipwreck. Order online now or if you have questions talk to one of our Rare Coin Advisors at 1-800-928-6468.  Don't see what you're looking for?  Give us a call, we would love to help.

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  • 1857-S $20 Liberty PCGS AU-58 - Ship of Gold

    This stunning 1857 San Francisco Double Eagle was recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck, referred to as the "Ship of Gold."It was carefully curated to enhance its natural beauty and has been certified and graded by PCGS to be in About-Uncirculated 58 condition. Each coin in this exclusive release comes sealed in a specially-designed PCGS holder to protect the intricate details of the coin. In addition, each holder contains a pinch of gold dust recovered from the shipwreck. Bob Evans, the Chief Scientist and curator of the find, has hand-signed the PCGS grading certificate and certified that it was indeed an authentic artifact from the recovery effort. We have a very limited amount of these coins available. Each one comes in a unique presentation box as shown in the pictures. Please note that the coin shown here may not be the exact coin you receive, however, you can expect the quality and grade to be in-line with the coin we have displayed. The San Francisco Mint struck a total of 970,000 coins in 1857 and most have been lost or destroyed. High end examples of Double Eagles such as those recovered from the SS Central America are highly prized and sought-after. Supplies are very limited. Learn More

    Regular Price: $6,842.50

    Special Price $6,690.00

  • 1751 Chilean 8 Escudo NGC Mint State 61 (SO/J)

    Superb mint condition coin from the Santiago, Chile mint that was struck in 1751. Struck under Ferdinand VI, it has beautifully clean fields with attractive luster an detail. This particular example is pedigreed to the La Luz Shipwreck, as well. Because it was part of a shipwreck find, there are more of these than usual with 173 total known and this is one of 44 in the grade with 101 finer. Great coin for the price. Learn More
    $7,150.00

  • 1856-S $20 Liberty PCGS AU-58 - Ship of Gold

    This stunning 1856 San Francisco Double Eagle was recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck, referred to as the "Ship of Gold."It was carefully curated to enhance its natural beauty and has been certified and graded by PCGS to be in About-Uncirculated 58 condition. Each coin in this exclusive release comes sealed in a specially-designed PCGS holder to protect the intricate details of the coin. In addition, each holder contains a pinch of gold dust recovered from the shipwreck. Bob Evans, the Chief Scientist and curator of the find, has hand-signed the PCGS grading certificate and certified that it was indeed an authentic artifact from the recovery effort. We have a very limited amount of these coins available. Each one comes in a unique presentation box as shown in the pictures. Please note that the coin shown here may not be the exact coin you receive, however, you can expect the quality and grade to be in-line with the coin we have displayed. The San Francisco Mint struck a total of 1.189 million coins in 1856 and most have been lost or destroyed. High end examples of Double Eagles such as those recovered from the SS Central America are highly prized and sought-after. Supplies are very limited. Learn More

    Regular Price: $9,207.50

    Special Price $8,950.00

  • 1857-S $20 Liberty PCGS MS-61 - Ship of Gold

    This stunning 1857 San Francisco Double Eagle was recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck, referred to as the "Ship of Gold."It was carefully curated to enhance its natural beauty and has been certified and graded by PCGS to be in Mint State 61 condition. Each coin in this exclusive release comes sealed in a specially-designed PCGS holder to protect the intricate details of the coin. In addition, each holder contains a pinch of gold dust recovered from the shipwreck. Bob Evans, the Chief Scientist and curator of the find, has hand-signed the PCGS grading certificate and certified that it was indeed an authentic artifact from the recovery effort. We have a very limited amount of these coins available. Each one comes in a unique presentation box as shown in the pictures. Please note that the coin shown here may not be the exact coin you receive, however, you can expect the quality and grade to be in-line with the coin we have displayed. The San Francisco Mint struck a total of 970,000 coins in 1857 and most have been lost or destroyed. High end examples of Double Eagles such as those recovered from the SS Central America are highly prized and sought-after. Supplies are very limited. Learn More

    Regular Price: $8,568.00

    Special Price $8,450.00

  • 1857-S $20 Liberty PCGS MS-62 - Ship of Gold

    This stunning 1857 San Francisco Double Eagle was recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck, referred to as the "Ship of Gold."It was carefully curated to enhance its natural beauty and has been certified and graded by PCGS to be in Mint State 62 condition. Each coin in this exclusive release comes sealed in a specially-designed PCGS holder to protect the intricate details of the coin. In addition, each holder contains a pinch of gold dust recovered from the shipwreck. Bob Evans, the Chief Scientist and curator of the find, has hand-signed the PCGS grading certificate and certified that it was indeed an authentic artifact from the recovery effort. We have a very limited amount of these coins available. Each one comes in a unique presentation box as shown in the pictures. Please note that the coin shown here may not be the exact coin you receive, however, you can expect the quality and grade to be in-line with the coin we have displayed. The San Francisco Mint struck a total of 970,000 coins in 1857 and most have been lost or destroyed. High end examples of Double Eagles such as those recovered from the SS Central America are highly prized and sought-after. Supplies are very limited. Learn More

    Regular Price: $9,106.00

    Special Price $8,695.00

  • 1857-S $20 Liberty PCGS MS-64 - Ship of Gold

    This stunning 1857 San Francisco Double Eagle was recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck, referred to as the "Ship of Gold."It was carefully curated to enhance its natural beauty and has been certified and graded by PCGS to be in near-gem, Mint State 64 condition. Each coin in this exclusive release comes sealed in a specially-designed PCGS holder to protect the intricate details of the coin. In addition, each holder contains a pinch of gold dust recovered from the shipwreck. Bob Evans, the Chief Scientist and curator of the find, has hand-signed the PCGS grading certificate and certified that it was indeed an authentic artifact from the recovery effort. We have a very limited amount of these coins available. Each one comes in a unique presentation box as shown in the pictures. Please note that the coin shown here may not be the exact coin you receive, however, you can expect the quality and grade to be in-line with the coin we have displayed. The San Francisco Mint struck a total of 970,000 coins in 1857 and most have been lost or destroyed. High-end examples of Double Eagles such as those recovered from the SS Central America are highly prized and sought-after. Supplies are very limited. Learn More

    Regular Price: $11,662.00

    Special Price $11,500.00

  • 1858-O S.S. Republic Seated Liberty Half Dollars

    The SS Republic sank in 1865 off the coast of Georgia carrying a large amount of gold and silver coinage. When the recovery effort was made in the early 2000's, for the first time ever a large cache of U.S. Silver was salvaged and because the coins were stacked, they did not become corroded from the salt-water as most silver coins do when exposed to saltwater. Most of the Seated Liberty Half-Dollars date from 1850-1861 and their state of preservation is remarkable. Each coin comes is dated 1858 New Orleans and comes in a collectible wooden box with DVD. NGC certified each coin as "shipwreck effect"---all details are evident but the surfaces can vary based on each individual coin's exposure to salt water. For the price, these are remarkable, authentic shipwreck artifacts that make a great collectible or gift. Learn More

    Regular Price: $586.25

    Special Price $475.00

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Among the most interesting of rare coins, shipwreck coins are highly sought after because of their unique stories.

Whether it's a coin from the infamous "Ship of Gold" or a different piece of sunken treasure from a bygone era, shipwreck gold and silver offer great value for such an interesting piece.

Need help tracking down a specific item that you don't see on our site? Feel free to contact us today because our team would love the opportunity to help.

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