1861 Half Dollar 3 Different Government Set Shipwreck Effect SS Republic

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THE U.S. COIN STRUCK BY THREE DIFFERENT GOVERNMENTS

New Orleans in the Civil War era was a city of intrigue, mystery and changing fortunes-a story nicely illustrated by the beleaguered branch of the U.S. Mint. The New Orleans Mint was under Union control until the State of Louisiana and then the Confederacy took over in 1861 at the start of the Civil War. Each of the three governments struck the Liberty Seated Half Dollar, the only U.S. coin made by three different governments. Until recently there was no way to tell the three coins apart. Ironically, were it not for the fact that these very silver half dollars mysteriously made their way to New York during the Civil War and were inexplicably aboard the SS Republic when it sank on its journey to New Orleans in 1865, it may never have been possible to identify the three different coins. The mystery is finally solved, and this intriguing set features all three coins.

Year of Issue 1861
Country United States
Composition Silver
Condition
Circulated
Money that has served a purpose in the channels of commerce -- in other words, it has traded hands in exchange for goods or services. Once a coin has "hit the streets," it is no longer considered Mint State or Uncirculated.
Grade Genuine
Pedigree
SS Republic
The steamship SS Republic’s last voyage began on October 18, 1865 when it departed New York, bound for New Orleans with a reported $400,000 in gold and silver coins. On October 23, the ship was off the coast of Georgia when an east-northeasterly gale blew in. At 4:00 PM on October 25, after two days of valiant struggle to keep the vessel afloat, the SS Republic went down. Almost 140 years later, on November 7, 2003, Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. found the sunken remains of the SS Republic, containing thousands of gold and silver coins now worth as much as $180 million
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name
New Orleans - O
From 1838 to 1909, the New Orleans Mint struck both silver and gold coins, proving to be the most durable and dependable mint in the South both before and after the Civil War. The New Orleans Mint is the only mint in the world to be owned and operated by three different governments -- the United States of America, the Republic of Louisiana and the Confederate States of America. Today, the New Orleans Mint still stands proudly in the city's French Quarter and has been restored as a museum.
Coin Weight 12.44 Grams - g
Dimensions 30.6mm
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