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The famed luxury steamship that sank in 1838 may have been found off NC coast

The Pulaski explodes, from page 170 of the 1848 book by Charles Ellms. North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The Pulaski explodes, from page 170 of the 1848 book by Charles Ellms. North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The Charlotte Observer posted, ‘Divers believe they’ve found famed luxury ship that sank in 1838 off the NC coast‘.

“A luxury steamship that went to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1838 with half its affluent passengers may have been found 40 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

An underwater exploration venture based out of Florida said it has found enough evidence to convince backers they’ve found the wreck of the Pulaski sitting under 115 feet of water.

That evidence includes Spanish and U.S. silver coins that date up until the time of the wreck, along with wreckage that closely parallels survivor’s stories of a starboard boiler explosion that sank the ship in 45 minutes…”

All coins we are finding are from the time up until the wreck, and we’ve found 25 specimens…

A filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission described the discoveries made so far as “passenger valuables.” The coins have included silver Spanish and American pieces, as well as a Mexican peso the size of a half dollar.”

‘Gold’ the American crime adventure film starring McConaughey shares the premise of the new ‘Gold’ movie starring Matthew  McConaughey…

Gold is the story of the biggest mining scam of all time, resulting in a $6 billion fraud.

…(three men) banded together in 1993 and emerged from the jungles of Borneo, declaring its soil to be full of gold. Without any due diligence, Wall Street poured money into the company, and Bre-X stock surged from pennies to $280 a share.

But there was just one problem: There was no gold…


Read the “The crazy true story behind Matthew McConaughey’s new film ‘Gold’” –

“Nevada’s first two train robberies happened on the same day” FIVE Miles Apart

On the evening of November 4-5, 1870, the Central Pacific Overland Express passenger train Engine No. 1 from San Francisco arrived at this small station 11 miles west of Reno. Just as the train was leaving the station, three masked men boarded the express car behind the engine and disconnected the engine and express car from the rest of the train. Five more robbers from other cars on the train soon joined them and took control of the engine and express car. With pistols and brute force, the gang commanded the engineer to resume the trip toward Reno. The two brakemen, fireman and express workers were locked up at gunpoint in the mail room.

Meanwhile, about five miles west of Reno, near a place called Hunter’s Station, other members of the robbery gang had built an obstruction on the track with rocks and timbers in order to stop the train. The engine and express car stopped at the obstruction on the tracks. With the aid of a double barrel shotgun, the robbers removed from the express car several Wells Fargo sacks filled with twenty dollar gold pieces from the San Francisco Mint. The value of the gold coins was $41,600. There was an additional $8,800 in silver bars, but these were too heavy for the robbers to carry away with them. All the telegraph lines were cut west of Reno…

…Most of the gold coins were recovered but about 10 percent of the treasure was never found. That means over 200 $20 gold pieces are still missing.

“Thousands of Qing Dynasty Coins Found in China” – reported that “Thousands of Qing Dynasty Coins Found in China

“Treasure once belonging to 18th-century emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty has been discovered in China’s southeastern province of Jiangxi, and the find is causing quite a stir among locals.

The emperor’s treasure was lost when his ship, en route to Jiangxi, was swallowed by devilish waters. For centuries, his fortune remained hidden. It was not until last week that villagers frequenting an area near the Gan river found the strange items in their waterway.”

Read more about the discovery…

Learn more about the type of coins found on…

FUN Auction is Huge Success – over 42 million!

“Gold ingots recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck took center stage as Heritage’s annual FUN auctions at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention in Fort Lauderdale took place January 4-9. All told, the US coin auction raised in excess of $42 million for its consignors, with World Currency adding over $1.2 million, and US Currency, continuing through January 10, expected to total over $7 million.”

For lots more information on auction activity, see the article!

COTY – ‘Coin of the Year’ Awards

“Austria took Best Gold Coin” – reported on the results of the COTY (the Coin of the Year) Award. Among the winners was Austria’s 100 euro Capercaille, a bird native to the country (KM-3246). For more about Capercaille, the bird  visit or

See the top 10 winners of the award on See also the coverage on

The COTY was awarded for the first time in 1984, when coins issued in 1982 were assessed.[4][5]

Awards are given in ten categories, and three coins are selected in each category:

  • Most Historically Significant: Coins which commemorate events, institutions, physical entities, or individual which are deemed to be most important in terms of the historical heritage of a people or mankind.
  • Best Contemporary Event: Coins which commemorate events, institutions physical entities, or individuals which are deemed to be most important in terms of current or recent events influencing a people or mankind.
  • Best Gold: Coins fabricated of GOLD, Platinum, Palladium, or another exotic precious metal which have all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal.
  • Best Silver: Coins fabricated of silver which have all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal.
  • Best Crown: Coins which have all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal, and have a minimum diameter of 33mm..
  • Best Trade Circulating monetary unit coins which are made of non-precious metals, possess all-around aesthetic and commercial appeal.
  • Most Popular: Coins with commercial sales and artistic caliber which appeals to the international general public.
  • Most Artistic: Coins selected solely on the value of their artistic merit.
  • Most Innovative Coinage Concept: Coins which contain pioneering metallic alloys, non-typical coinage materials, planchet shapes, thickness, sizes, themes, distribution methods or other innovations. [3]
  • Most Inspirational Coin: Coins featuring themes, events, institutions, physical entities, or individuals that represent peace, freedom, and human rights. (source:

To learn more about the COTY Award, visit

“Time Running Out To Purchase Coins Honoring National Park Service Centennial” – National Parks Traveler

“Time Running Out To Purchase Coins Honoring National Park Service Centennial” – reported…

“In case you’re still wondering what to get your national parks lover for Christmas, here’s a hint: commemorative coins made by the U.S. Mint to honor the National Park Service Centennial.

These once-in-a-lifetime coins are only being offered by the mint through year’s end. The National Park Foundation is the beneficiary of the coin sales, as a surcharge on the purchases goes to the Foundation for use on projects in the National Park System. The surcharges are $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver coin, and $5 for each half-dollar clad coin.

The gold, silver, and clad coins bear images reflective of the people (John Muir, President Theodore Roosevelt), places (Old Faithful geyser, Half Dome) and values (heritage, stewardship) important to the agency….

No more than 15,000 sets containing all three coins are to be produced. As of December 11, fewer than 900 of these sets remained available.”

Read more…

U.S. Mint’s Catalog Page of the National Park Service Centennial Coins | Shop for them now!

Coin World introduces Gold sovereign coins

The editor of Coin World introduced their series of posts, “Great Britain’s modern gold sovereign celebrates 200th anniversary in 2017: Royal Mint marks milestone of flagship bullion coin”

“this is the first part of a story about the British gold sovereign, which celebrates a milestone anniversary in 2017. senior editor Jeff Starck’s story about the coin and its history appears in the January 2017 monthly Coin World.”

“Britain’s gold sovereign, with the famous image of St. George slaying the Dragon, is one of the most recognized gold coins ever.

The sovereign — a coin that lacks a declaration of country or denomination — is the choice of investors and evaders, secret agents and villains alike (after all, James Bond famously carries 50 of them in his attache case).”

Read the post and those following for a fascinating celebration of these great coins.

The 2017 gold sovereigns mark the 200th anniversary of modern sovereign coins. The Proof 2017 coin, right, reflects Pistrucci’s 1817 design, including the border.  Image courtesy of the Royal Mint.

The 2017 gold sovereigns mark the 200th anniversary of modern sovereign coins. The Proof 2017 coin, right, reflects Pistrucci’s 1817 design, including the border. Image courtesy of the Royal Mint.