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Charlotte-minted gold & silver found in shipwreck

Posted on 16 May 2008 by Justin Ruckman

Coins minted in Charlotte when the Queen City was among the country’s main suppliers of gold have been found amid the wreckage of a steamship that sank in 1846 in the Gulf of Mexico.

Last year, four Louisiana residents salvaged hundreds of gold coins and thousands of silver ones from the wreckage of the SS New York, said David Bowers, co-chairman of New York-based Stack’s Rare Coins.

Some of these are in uncirculated or mint condition,” said Bowers, who predicted the best could bring $50,000 to $100,000 apiece at auction.”

Read more by Alan Sayre at The Observer.

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