1856-O Half Dollar Seated Liberty SS Republic NGC Shipwreck Effect

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Sunken Treasures Recovered from the SS Republic

During the Civil War, control of the New Orleans Mint was seized multiple times – first by the Republic of Louisiana, then the Confederate States of America, and finally the United States of America. When the U.S. finally retook control, a huge volume of coins struck before and during these tumultuous years was shipped to New York City. In 1865 after the war mercifully came to an end, a large hoard of those same gold and silver coins valued at $400,000 was loaded aboard the SS Republic, a former merchant ship and converted Confederate blockade runner, and sent back to New Orleans to help rebuild the South.

But the coins never arrived.

The SS Republic’s last voyage began on October 18, 1865. On October 23, the sidewheel steamship found itself helplessly stalled off the coast of Georgia and sank just as the passengers and crew escaped into lifeboats and a makeshift raft. Fast forward to the year 2003 when, after 12 years of search by the Tampa, Florida-based commercial archeological company Odyssey Marine Exploration, the SS Republic had been found 100 miles off the Georgia coast approximately 1,700 feet below the surface of the Atlantic! Recovery efforts soon commenced on the sunken remains culminating in the recovery of thousands of gold and silver coins estimated at being worth today as much as $180 million!

Now you can add recovered treasure from the wreck to your collection! Here’s your chance to secure a spectacular 1856-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar struck at the New Orleans Mint and certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as being an official “Shipwreck Effect” coin from the wreck of the SS Republic. This is the first time this date has been made available individually from the shipwreck!

Your coin will also come with a load of extras, including a DVD detailing the ship’s history and recovery, the beautifully illustrated 276-page book, Lost Gold of the Republic, which tells the story of the your newly claimed sunken treasure, and a custom-design story booklet that recounts the epic tale of the SS Republic’s loss and recovery.

When was the last time you added a real piece of American sunken treasure to your collection – one that spent nearly 140 years underwater? Don’t miss out; put this spectacular coin in your cart today and secure your very own Civil War-era sunken treasure!

  • HISTORIC CIVIL WAR-ERA COIN – This coin is a historic Civil War-era silver coin recovered from the Atlantic Ocean floor from the wreck of the SS Republic.
  • LEGAL TENDER COIN FROM A BYGONE ERA – Your coin was a legal tender United States half dollar struck at the New Orleans Mint more than 160 years ago.
  • STRUCK IN FINE SILVER – Each SS Republic Seated Liberty Half Dollar was struck in 90% fine silver and measures 30.6 mm in diameter.
  • UNIQUE SHIPWRECK GRADE COIN – This coin has been conserved, attributed and encapsulated by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as an official “Shipwreck Effect” coin coming from the famous wreck of the SS Republic.
  • BEAUTIFUL PACKAGING – Your coin will come beautifully housed in a black presentation case an accompanied by the book Lost Gold of the Republic and a DVD detailing the ship’s history and recovery.

Quantities are limited so order your genuine piece of U.S. sunken treasure today!

Year of Issue 1856
Country United States
Composition Silver
Purity 0.9000
Condition Graded, Circulated
Grade Shipwreck Effect
Pedigree SS Republic
Denomination 0.50
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name New Orleans - O
Coin Weight 12.44 Grams - g
Weight 1/2 Ounce - oz
Dimensions 30.6mm