1857-S GOLD $20 LIBERTY - SS CENTRAL AMERICAThe SS Central America was a 280 foot side-wheel steamer that operated between Central America and the eastern coast of the U.S. at that time. On September 12, 1857, the Central America sunk in a hurricane two hundred miles off the Carolina Coast in 8,000 feet below the Atlantic, taking the lives of 425 men and over 4,700 pounds of California gold. The sinking of the SS Central America, known as ''The Ship of Gold,'' was one of the worst peacetime tragedies of men, ship, and gold lost at sea. It contributed to the deepest depression of the 19th Century both economically and emotionally. Originally discovered in 1987 and brought to market in the year 2000, it has been one of the most remarkable events in numismatic history. In 2014, Odyssey Marine Exploration went back to recover the remaining gold. After 4 years, the ''Greatest Treasure Ever Found'' has come to market for a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of historical significance from the California Gold Rush, with the providence of the SS Central America Shipwreck Treasure Recovery.
The 1857-S had a mintage of mintage of 970,500 has become easily attainable since the discovery of the SS Central America treasure. There were over 5,000 examples of the 1857-S double eagles aboard when the ship sank in September, 1857. The 1857-S $20 Gold Liberty with the SS Central America pedigree is featured in the widely-acclaimed book, 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, by Whitman Publishing. Whether an 1857-S is from the SSCA shipwreck or not, is of little consequence, as this issue is always popular with collectors, investors, and those who have a love for history. This makes the 1857-S double eagle one of the most available and highly desirable double eagles in the Type-I series, ensuring demand for years to come. This is suburb shipwreck survivor from the SS Central America graded PCGS MS 65 CAC in the original gold foil holder.