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Seller: kickasscoins (1,639) 100% Top-Rated Plus, Location: Pompton Plains, New Jersey, Ships to: US, Item: 282231580224 1858 O Seated Liberty Silver Half DollarNGC Shipwreck Effect - SS RepublicA gorgeous 1858 O Seated Liberty half dollar authenticated by NGC, Shipwreck Effect (from the SS Republic.) A truly unique coin, (see photos) was minted just before the Civil War while James Buchanan was President. Browse the photos to see its detail. This coin will not disappoint and surely be a highlight of any collection. The photos are of the EXACT coin you will receive so bid with confidence and feel free to ask any questions you may have. The Republic left New York on October 18, bound for New Orleans. According to her captain, she was carrying passengers and a cargo of $400,000 in coins, mostly in gold $10 and $20 pieces, intended for use as hard currency after the Civil War. The city of New Orleans, captured largely intact by the Union in 1862, had been the southern hub of Federal war efforts and was a thriving, busy city - but due to war, "hard money" (or gold and silver coin) was in very short supply.On the fifth day of her voyage, a hurricane off the coast of Georgia proved too strong for the ship. By evening, her hull was leaking so badly that the fire in the boiler was extinguished, and she stalled in heavy seas, taking on water faster than her crew and passengers could bail her. At 4 pm on October 25, 1865, she sank. The passengers and crew escaped in four lifeboats and a makeshift raft, but 40-foot seas throughout the night made keeping them afloat a serious challenge. It was not until two days later, on October 27 that the survivors, now desperate with thirst, were found by the sailing ship Horace Beals. On October 29, the steamer General Hooker had been sent to look for the Republic, and rendezvoused with Horace Beals. The passengers were transferred and taken to Charleston. Most of the passengers and crew survived, although several were lost on the raft before they could be rescued. All the coins were lost.In August 2003, the wreck of the Republic was located by Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc., a commercial archaeology company in Tampa, Florida. She was found about 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Savannah, Georgia, in about 1,700 feet (500 meters) of water. A salvage effort recovered about one-third of the rare 19th century gold and silver coins carried aboard, worth an estimated $75 million. Most of the hull of the ship is now gone, but the rudder, parts of the paddle wheel and the steam engine are still present. The search and recovery effort was depicted in a National Geographic Society TV documentary Civil War Gold.[2]Many artifacts, from the 14,000 salvaged, plus silver coins from the 51,000 coins collected, are on display in selected museums.[1][3] Artifacts have been on display in Tampa, New Orleans, Detroit, Elberta, Hot Springs, and Oklahoma City.[3] The displays also present video stories about passengers and crew members, and where they moved years after the wreck.[1] [3] Lifeboats had been found and rescued at different times.Lots of offers accepted....go ahead and make one!CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR OTHER PREMIUM ITEMS!!! To add us to your Favorites list CLICK HERE 100% Positive Feedback - Guaranteed 100% Authentic This item will be carefully packaged and shipped via USPS the following day from payment.CHECK OUT OUR OTHER PREMIUM ITEMS!!! Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Froo | Froo Cross Sell, Free Cross Sell, Cross promote, eBay Marketing, eBay listing Apps, eBay Apps, eBay Application Condition: A gorgeous 1858 O Seated Liberty half dollar authenticated by NGC, Shipwreck Effect (from the SS Republic.)

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