This rare and historical California Gold Rush Monetary Ingot was recovered from the 1857 shipwreck of the SS Central America. Life Magazine called the treasure "The Greatest Treasure Ever Found". For 131 years, these historic treasures were lost in the frigid, lightless depths of the Atlantic at a depth of 7,500 feet. Using advanced scientific methodologies and inventions, the Columbus-America Discovery Group recovered two tons of gold treasures, so massive of a loss, that it in 1857 triggered a series of bank failures, referred to as "The Panic of 1857".


The disaster is the greatest peacetime loss at sea in American history. The saga of the SS Central America is so astonishing that multiple documentaries, a bestselling novel, and hundreds, if not thousands, of magazine and newspaper articles spanning from September 1857 to this day have been published around the globe.


Because these rare treasures of the California Gold Rush symbolize classic Americana and was so well preserved in the place it sank in 1857, hundreds of collectors and investors have seized the opportunity to acquire these rare and unique gold ingots.


What makes these gold rush artifacts superior numismatically is that we know exactly when, where, and how they have been preserved since 1857. More astonishing, they are the only important numismatic items where we have movie footage of the place in which they came to rest over 160 years ago.


Rare Opportunity


Amazingly the monetary ingots, like the present specimen, were previously unknown to exist except from historical accounts. All were melted and coined in the mid-1800s. However, because of the amazing recovery of the SS Central America we now have proof of how they were made, and we now understand the importance of these amazing monetary instruments. They are quite literally a document made of gold with a face value, ounces, fineness, and serial numbers hand counter-punched into the face of each ingot.


Ranging in size five ounces to the largest being 933 ounces, these rare gold documents are more impressive and important than almost any item from the California Gold Rush. Small 5-ounce ingots have sold at auction for as much as $132,000. In May of this year, a 464-ounce ingot sold for an impressive $1.3 million, and in 2001, the 933-ounce Eureka Bar sold for an amazing $8 million.


These rare monetary ingots truly have global appeal, especially to very wealthy and astute investors and collectors. Only 577 rare gold ingots were recovered from the shipwreck making them significant rarities. To make them even rarer, the original investors who brought the treasure to market melted seventy-eight ingots to make thousands of commemorative coins and least ten more are known to have been destroyed due to heist of a collection from a famous NBA player, leaving less than five hundred for an audience of collectors and investors around the world.


Rarely would a private individual have the opportunity and financial means to acquire an object that is as important or impressive as a monetary ingot from the historical California Gold Rush. Everyone these artifacts would be welcomed by the greatest museums in the world. Comparing solid gold monetary documents to other collectibles like art, sports memorabilia, trading cards, and a lengthy list of others which sell for hundreds of thousands dollars, even millions, these rare ingots are a no brainer.


Why Now?


…Because these special treasure pieces are unique, priceless, and symbolic of the historical cultures that created them. Most importantly, they are attainable…for now. More than just a collection of precious metals, they represent the heart and soul of a nation created in a turbulent time when our country came of age.


Accumulated treasures that do exist in America are either public or private, such as great collections of art or other important cultural relics. However, these tend to lack either the intrinsic monetary value or the national symbolism of traditional historical national treasures. On rare occasions, a significant historic treasure may be accumulated accidentally, the result of an act of nature, an act of God, or a twist of fate. The sinking and recovery of the SS Central America is just such a rare occasion. It offers you the opportunity to hold a piece of historic treasure in your private collection from the “Greatest Treasure Ever Found.”


The present specimen was made by the Assay Office of Henry Hentsch, a Swiss banking family in which still exists to this day. In fact, two of the thirty-eight known Henry Hentsch ingots are on display in their two branches in Switzerland today. One other was confirmed melted after it was stolen from an NBA legends home. This leaves only thirty-five ingots for private ownership, truly a monumental rarity.


This specimen is stamped with serial number 3161, weighs an impressive 71.88 ounces, and has an 1857 face value of $1,355.13. Notable comparisons: there have been three previous sales of Hy. Hentsch ingots for over $400,000 since 2012 and one of those weighed only sixty-one ounces, ten ounces less than the present specimen. This ingot, at this price represents an excellent value when comparing previous sales.


Henry Hentsch Ingot #3161 is offered at only: $275,000


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