Authentic California Gold Rush era gold from the S.S. Central America’s sunken treasure, vintage coin-making tools and an eight ton coin press have been used in San Francisco to produce special commemorative gold pieces that now are available to the public. The gold is from the recovered cargo of the Central America, the fabled “Ship of Gold,” that sank in 1857 while carrying tons of Gold Rush treasure on a voyage to New York.
Some of the sunken treasure gold bars (ingots) have been used to produce commemorative gold pieces for the California Historical Society of San Francisco and the California Gold Marketing Group of Newport Beach. The design of the commemoratives is based on a rare $50 denomination gold “slug” originally made in 1855 on Montgomery Street in San Francisco by well-known assayers and coiners of the day, Kellogg & Company.
Each commemorative gold piece contains 2.5 ounces of pure [...]