In 1857, the elegant side-wheel steamer SS Central America was bound for New York, carrying 578 hardy souls and more than two tons of gold dust, nuggets, coins and assayer ingots from the California Gold Rush. The ship never made port, sinking in a hurricane off the coast of the Carolinas in 8,000 feet of deep blue sea. The loss has been described as the greatest economic catastrophe in all of U.S. maritime history, triggering the Panic of 1857, a severe recession and a deep depression.

Several years later, in 1865, at the end of the U.S. Civil War, two more ships containing significant cargoes of gold and silver coins were lost—the SS Brother Jonathan off the coast of Northern California in a violent storm…and the SS Republic, on its way to New Orleans to aid in the Reconstruction of the South, sunk in a hurricane off the Georgia coast.

For more than 100 years, all this treasure rested on the ocean floor and was thought to have been lost forever. But thanks to modern computer technology and recovery techniques, scientists and deep water salvage experts located each of these shipwrecks and recovered thousands of gold and silver coins…unique assayer gold ingots, bars and “bricks”…a few precious pounds of gold dust and nuggets…and other 19th century numismatic treasures.

For many years now, Finest Known has been the recognized leader in offering this recovered shipwreck treasure to market, and to thousands of eager rare coin collectors and investors. We maintain an active, two-way buy and sell market in these rarities and will always make you an offer to buy your shipwreck treasure should you decide to sell.

If you are interested in acquiring what many believe to be the finest specimens of rare and historically significant shipwreck treasure coins and artifacts, you owe it to yourself to contact Finest Known now.

Finest Known offers a wide selection of shipwreck treasure collectibles at prices ranging from less than $200 all the way up to several million dollars. Historically significant rarities now available to collectors and investors include PCGS and NGC certified U.S. gold and silver coins…territorial coins…unique assayer ingots and “slugs”…certified gold dust and gold nugget collector sets…and much, much more.

Call a Finest Known Account Representative today and ask for a free copy of our shipwreck treasure catalogue, and to discuss the current availability of the selected shipwreck treasures that would be of interest to you.

As the nation’s leader in shipwreck treasure, Finest Known has extensive knowledge and expertise in this exciting numismatic arena. Want to learn more? Finest Known offers a broad range of books, DVDs and other educational and reference material on shipwreck treasure for those wishing to learn more about this fascinating and lucrative field.

Much of this material is available to collectors at little or no cost, and you have only to call Finest Known and ask. We’ll be happy to send you the material that best fits your needs.


Prior to the discoveries of the SS Central America, SS Brother Jonathan and SS Republic shipwrecks and treasure troves, only a very few mint condition examples of early U.S. $20 “Double Eagles” existed. Not only that, but before the discovery of the SS Central America treasure, there were no known examples of the tons and tons of raw gold assayer bullion bars and ingots shipped from the California Gold Rush to the financial centers in the East. Thanks to the discoveries of these now-famous shipwrecks, thousands of mint-state “Double Eagles”…tens of thousands of other gold and silver coins…and over 500 unique Gold Rush assayer ingots have now been discovered, documented and brought to market.