181 Year Old Shipwreck Yields Some of the Rarest US coins Ever Found

Posted by Derek Sawchenko on

4 Shipwreck Gold Coins recovered from the 1838 Pulaski Steamship. 3 Coins are rusted brown and blue, while 1 gold coin is in great condition.

On June 14th, 1838, a boiler explosion caused the Pulaski Steamship to sink approximately 30 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Two-thirds of the passengers and crew on-board were lost as a result of this disaster.  

A majority of the individuals who traveled on ships like this were wealthy and were known to take their fortunes on trips like this. Because this ship went down so quickly, it was very difficult to save any of it while simultaneously trying to make it off the ship safely.

Recently, the ship was discovered along with 502 Gold & Silver Coins, some of which date back to the 1750s.

All 502 gold and silver coins were already sold to a global coin dealer at an undisclosed price. However, the recovery project stated that the price "wildly exceeded" the recovery project's expectations. It is speculated that there are still hundreds of coins to be discovered. 


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