In 1857, the S.S. Central America sunk, taking almost 14,000 kilograms of gold coins with it. This loss contributed to the financial panic of 1857. It wasn’t until 1986, when the Columbus-America Discovery Group found the remains of the S.S. Central America, that nearly 5,400 1857-S double eagles were recovered. Despite the large number found, there are only 16 coins with the strike and mint date intact along with the original luster. Heritage Auctions will feature one of these 1857-S, $20 double eagle spiked shield coins in their upcoming auction.
Also offered is an 1875 $10 liberty eagle coin. Only 100 liberty eagles were minted in 1875, making them among the lowest-minted U.S. gold coins in circulation. From the 12-15 known coins, only 2 to 3 have the grade AU, including the one offered in this auction. The sale also features silver Morgan dollars, an Indian eagle dollar, and others. Interested bidders can explore the entire catalog and register to bid online on Heritage Auctions.
Lot Categories:Colonials (37), Half Cents (11) , Large Cents (28) , Small Cents (127) , Nickels (123) , Dimes (82) , Quarters and Twenty Cents (126) , Half Dollars (254) , Silver and Related Dollars (353) , Gold Dollars (42) , Quarter Eagles (73), Half Eagles (108) , Eagles (254) , Double Eagles (179), Classic Commemoratives (54) , Territorial and Fractional Gold (32), Errors (15)
# of Lots:2010
Price Range:$2 -$175,000
Interesting lots include:
|Item Image||Item Name||Estimate|
|1875, $10, Liberty eagle||
|1857-S, $20, Double eagle Spiked Shield||
|1893-S, $1,Morgan dollar||
|1908 $10 Motto PR65 PCGS. JD-1, Low R.5....||
|1859-S, Liberty eagle, $10||
- Coins, Currency & Stamps
- 1875 liberty eagle
- Columbus-America Discovery Group
- Double Eagle
- Gold Coin
- Heritage Auction
- Indian eagle dollar
- Morgan dollars
- Panic of 1857
- SS Central America
- U.S. Coins
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