Dream Coin: CSA 1861 O half dollar from the SS Republic

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  1. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    I just received a dream coin today! It is an 1861 O half dollar recovered from the SS Republic. What is special about it is that the obverse die that struck this coin was the same one that struck the 4 CSA reverse halves, meaning this coin was one of the handful officially struck by the Confederacy. It is also the same die state as those 4 halves, so it was struck very shortly before or after those were struck.

    What makes it even more special is the condition. I searched for years for the “right” example, one that had good luster and minimal saltwater damage. The reverse is a flashy UNC, and the obverse has a nice even microporosity that hasn’t destroyed the luster nor looks like an ugly crusty mess. You probably won’t find a nicer example of this variety from the SS Republic.

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  3. techwriter

    techwriter Supporter! Supporter

    And we know the obverse die used for this coin was the same die used to strike the CSA half dollar how?
  4. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

  5. Evan Saltis

    Evan Saltis College Dorm Collector

    new Orleans dies were taken and used by the confederacy
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  6. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    Die crack by Liberty’s nose

  7. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    Where can I get one ? Is Santa still taking my Lists ?
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  8. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Nice one. About the best looking recovered half I seen
  9. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    Merry Xmas I guess . ;)
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  10. Seattlite86

    Seattlite86 Outspoken Member

    Not a fan of the confederacy, but the coin is a beauty and the history is unique. An excellent addition to your collection. Congratulations.
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  11. Penny Luster

    Penny Luster Supporter! Supporter

    Hard to believe it ever sat in salt water. It's a beauty!
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  12. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    I saw a Documentary on this Ship . They use robotics with Suction cups to recovery these coins ! That's how delicate they are with these coins . What do they use to conserve these Precious Coins with?
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  13. jtlee321

    jtlee321 Well-Known Member

    Amazing coin!!! I've been wanting to own one of those recovered SS Republic coins. You chose a very beautiful one.

  14. jfreakofkorn

    jfreakofkorn Active Member

    Nice luster on the item . . .
    Glad its preserved now
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  15. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    What do you all think this would grade ?
  16. fiddlehead

    fiddlehead Well-Known Member

    That is really something! Super - very interesting.
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  17. jtlee321

    jtlee321 Well-Known Member

    It would most likely be graded Uncirculated Details - Environmental Damage. Which is why most of the SS Republic simply say "Shipwreck Effect". The salt water corroded the surface of the silver.
  18. SensibleSal66

    SensibleSal66 Well-Known Member

    Looks Great now ! I have a 2 reale from the El Cazador . I love it .
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  19. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Impressive. It doesn't appear to have suffered the abrasive cleaning that these coins typically show.

    Most SS Republic coins look like someone used 0000 steel wool on them.
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  20. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    Why did the obverse suffer underwater corrosion, but the reverse remain unharmed?

    Very cool coin btw!
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  21. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    the reverse was pressed against another coin, which got hermetically sealed, preventing salt water from getting in. If you look at clumps of sea-salvaged coins, those pressed against each other have very little salt water damage because the rims act as a barrier and fuse with corrosion. That’s why a lot of the halves salvaged from the SS Republic have a good side and a bad side.
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