It’s a rare occasion: after a century or more at the bottom of the sea, a ship that went to its watery grave with a dazzling array of gold coins is discovered with the treasure intact. Rarer still, the opportunity to own one of these exciting pieces of history.
Blanchard and Company, Inc. is proud to present authentic shipwreck coins. Through a special arrangement, we have acquired a limited quantity. The legend behind these coins, combined with the awesome beauty of the coins themselves, help to make shipwreck coins among the most desirable collectibles ever. Now these spectacular coins once presumed lost are available for Blanchard and Company, Inc. clients to own, enjoy and proudly display.
In December of 1940, the S.S. Gairsoppa set sail from Calcutta, India. It was the midst of World War II, and merchant ships on the open sea were easy targets for Nazi U-boats. Alone and unprotected, the steel-hulled British cargo ship was hit by a Nazi torpedo 300 miles southwest of Galway Bay and sank on February 16, 1941. Two expeditions in 2012 and 2013 recovered 99% of the insured silver aboard the ship.
In 1857, an elegant side-wheel steamer left San Francisco en route to New York, its passengers primarily prospectors who had made their fortunes during the California Gold Rush. The wreck of the S.S. Central America, loaded with more than two tons of gold dust, nuggets, coins and ingots, set off the Panic of 1857. After more than a century in 8,500 feet of water, the S.S. Central America – and its historical gold coins and bars now valued at over $100 million – has been recovered.
In 1865, the ex-military carrier S.S. Republic headed to New Orleans on her regular run from New York, loaded with gold and other cargo. The hurricane she encountered en route proved deadly and the proud ship disappeared off the coast of Georgia. In 2003, it was recovered in 1,700 feet of water after 12 years of searching.
On July 20, 1865, the S.S. Brother Jonathan set sail from San Francisco to Portland. Not long after disembarking, a storm engulfed the cargo-laden vessel, and 30-foot waves pummelled its decks. The captain turned the ship around, intending to return to safety, but the ship struck a reef and sank. In 1996, some of the ship’s gold coins and bars were located and recovered, but the ship’s safe containing millions of dollars in jewels, gold bars and gold coins has not yet been found.
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