Posted 10 years ago
I don't know what it is about shipwrecks, but I'm drawn to them like a moth to light.
This 1843 Philadelphia half eagle is from the SS New York shipwreck which sank during a hurricane enroute from Galveston, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana on September 7, 1846. It sank just a few months after the Republic of Texas joined the United Stated States as the 28th state, and the start of the Mexican-American War. It was reported that 17 of the 53 passengers and crew perished.
What makes this shipwreck interesting is that contrary to other 19th century shipwrecks that have been discovered in recent years, this shipwreck did not carry a shipment of gold double eagles as it sank over 3 years before the first double eagle was produced. Instead it carried over $14,000 in smaller denomination gold worth numismatically in the millions of dollars today.
You can read more about the SS New York shipwreck on my website at: http://acdwyer.com/ssny_pg1.aspx