Throughout time, shipwrecks and sunken treasure have captured our imagination, stirring dreams of underwater adventure and discovery. Through the window of shipwreck treasure artifacts, one can gain a greater understanding and connection to days gone by. Finest Known offers a wide selection of shipwreck treasure collectibles, including popular gold or silver coins and ingots. Also, there are unique examples of other sunken treasure artifacts that garner appreciation for this fascinating segment of the collectibles market. Listed below for consideration are primarily trade goods that reflect the popular merchant goods of the era.

Odyssey founder, Greg Stemm, has estimated that there are more than 3 million shipwrecks world-wide, an abundance of cultural goods transported by mankind for more than 3,000 years. Until fairly recently, most of these sites and their priceless artifacts have been virtually inaccessible to archaeological excavation because of their extreme depth – far deeper than human divers can venture. Yet, with the advent of new and more sophisticated technologies, exploration of some of the seas’ darkest recesses is now within reach. Hundreds of shipwrecks spanning centuries of maritime trade, travel, exploration and warfare have been discovered across the globe.

These extraordinary finds, located hundreds and even thousands of feet below the ocean surface, range from ancient Roman and Phoenician trading vessels to U-boats and even modern fishing vessels. The SS Republic was a historic wreck, whose robotic excavation at 1,700 was the first of its kind conducted at such depths and produced the greatest shipwreck treasure of the Civil War era. Each shipwreck discovery is an isolated time capsule offering a window into lifetimes of long forgotten coins and bars, glass bottles, ceramic goods, religious artifacts, personal items and even pirates artillery are just a few of the treasures found in the depths of the ocean. These unique and precious items reveal historic events that would otherwise remain hidden deep beneath the ocean surface.



Before any excavation begins on a shipwreck, an archaeological pre-disturbance survey is conducted. This includes a photomosaic composed of thousands of high-definition images that capture and document the entire site.To create the photomosaic, still cameras that are mounted on the ROV take continuous, overlapping photos of the site. Photo technicians aboard the ship then digitally “stitch” the images together.Once the artifacts are brought to the surface, first-aid begins in the ship’s conservation lab. This is where the artifacts are stabilized to prevent further decay and undergo detailed recording, documentation and photography.



Dubbed the Golden Age of Quackery, the 19th-century was an era in which snake oil, worm pills, invigorators and elixirs were touted as remedies for any and all afflictions. These various formulas were sold under many colorful names and made even more striking claims. They promised to cure everything from coughs, fever and nervous excitement to sore throats, frostbite and constipation. Many of the bottles found at the site of the SS Republic had once contained alcohol and addictive opiates or, in some cases, a dangerous combination of the two. Some other glassware found at the site included cathedral pickle bottles that stored a variety of preserved foods, champagne-style wine bottles whose classic shape exists even today and bottles of bitters, an herbal brew laced with alcohol that was sold as a medicinal tonic.