Coin (twenty dollars)
Case: 3 3/8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 8.6 x 6.4 cm ) Diameter (coin): 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm)
stamped: on obverse: "LIBERTY" and "1857" stamped: on reverse: "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA/S/TWENTY D."
Gold twenty dollar coin ("double eagle") with bust of Liberty and 13 stars on obverse and United States shield on reverse.
This coin was originally part of the cargo of the S.S. Central America, a sidewheel steamer carrying precious San Francisco gold bullion to New York City in September, 1857. A ferocious storm swamped the ship, and she sank to the ocean floor with $1.6 million of precious metal. The news of the sinking, in which 425 people died, encouraged the financial panic of 1857. The wreck was discovered in 1981, and a painstaking recovery expedition brought the still pristine gold to the surface.
Gift of the California Gold Marketing Group and Dwight Manley
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