1861 Silver Seated Liberty "SS Republic" Shipwreck Coin Set

A rare opportunity to own a significant piece of American history! Minted for only a limited time during the outbreak of the Civil War, this is the first coin ever struck at the New Orleans Mint by a foreign government!
Until the discovery of the Civil War era steamship the SS Republic, owning an 1861-O Louisiana Issue half dollar was only an impossible dream. Not only was 1861 the year the Civil War began, it was also the year that the State of Louisiana was considered a foreign government after it seceded from the Union. These coins were minted for just a brief period of time during the outbreak of the American Civil War.

In 1861, the historic New Orleans mint operated under the control of three different governments. When Louisiana seceded from the Union in February 1861 it took control of the mint and continued to strike silver Liberty Seated half dollars using federal coin dies. Within months, Louisiana joined the Confederate States of America (CSA) and the control of the mint changed once again to the CSA. Liberty Seated half dollars continued to be struck, again using the same federal coin dies. These 1861-O Louisiana Issue coins are among the most incredible treasures discovered in the famous shipwreck of the SS Republic. Coin experts are absolutely amazed that coins from each of the governments that controlled the mint during the Civil War were on this ship that departed from New York. And found in such excellent, collectible condition.

These Civil War-era coins are available only because Odyssey Marine Exploration, the world leader in deep-ocean shipwreck research, recovered them from the famous SS Republic shipwreck. And thanks to a renowned coin expert who carefully studied every 1861-O half dollar, it is now possible to determine which individual coins were struck by the issuing authority at the New Orleans Mint in 1861. Odyssey commissioned a noted authority who literally wrote the book on Seated Liberty Half Dollars - to review the 1861-O coins and attribute them as having been struck by the State of Louisiana or the Confederate States of America. Until the discovery of these coins on the SS Republic, it had never been entirely determined which government struck which coins!

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), the leading third-party grading service, has certified the authenticity of each half dollar as recovered from the SS Republic and struck by the State of Louisiana while controlling the New Orleans Mint in 1861. Each coin is individually numbered and encapsulated with a special State of Louisiana presentation label. Included are a beautifully crafted deluxe presentation case, certificate of authenticity and a fact-filled storybook that holds an exciting National Geographic DVD documenting the discovery of the SS Republic.

  • One Coin w/ Certificate of Authenticity
  • One wooden display case
  • One SS republic ink pot (recovered from the shipwreck) w/ Certificate of Authenticity
  • One "Lost Gold" book
  • One "Bottles of the Deep" book
  • One "SS Republic" DVD from the National Geographic.

  • Certified: NGC
  • Coin Type: 1861 Shipwreck Coin
  • Diameter: 30.6mm
  • Denomination: Half Dollar
  • Mint Mark: New Orleans, LA
  • Mintage Year: 1846-1861
  • Obverse: Seated Liberty w/ Shield / Staff / Thirteen Stars
  • Reverse: Eagle w/ Shield.

Display box measures: 2"H x 10"W x 6.75"D; Pedestal measures: 2.25"H 3.5"W x3.5"D; 8.5 lbs.

Distributed by American Collectors Mint, LLC.
Coin Glossary:

Die: An engraved piece of metal used to stamp a design on a coin.

Die crack: A small, raised imperfection on a coin resulting from a crack in the stamping die.

Early release: The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) uses this designation for U.S. Bullion Coins during the first month of release from the U.S. Mint. To qualify for Early Release designation, NGC must receive the coins within 30 days of their release by the US Mint or properly documented as being received by an NGC approved entity within the same 30-day release period.

Encapsulated coin: A coin graded and authenticated by a professional coin service, then sealed in plastic.

Field: The typically flat area surrounding the relief and not used for legend or inscription.

Legal tender: Official money issued by the government.

Legend: The coin's primary lettering.

Lettered edge: An inscription added to the edge of a coin.

Luster: The quality of the surface brilliance on a Mint State or Uncirculated coin.

Mercury dime: Issued from 1916 to 1945, this U.S. dime featured a representation of Liberty in a winged hat that was commonly mistaken for the ancient god, Mercury.

Mint: A government controlled coin production facility.

Mint mark: A small letter stamped on a coin that indicates its mint origin, ex. "D" for Denver.

Mint Set: One coin from each of the available denominations in a particular year, produced by a single mint and made for circulation.

Mint State (Uncirculated): A regular production coin never used in trade and existing in its original condition.

Mintage: The number of coins produced.

NGC: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

Numismatics: The collection and study of monetary objects such as coins and paper bills.

Obverse: Heads, or a coin's front side.

Patina: Surface discoloration, typically green or brown, caused by oxidation over time.

PCGS: Professional Coin Grading Service.

Planchet: A blank metal piece used to produce a coin.

Proof: Expertly polished planchets and dies produce these coins which feature an extremely high quality strike, resulting in unmatched detail and brilliant surface finish.

Reeded edge: A coin edge finish featuring parallel vertical grooves all the way around.

Relief: The raised portion of a stamped design that sits above the coin's field.

Reverse: Tails, or coin's back side.

Rim: The raised ring around the perimeter of a coin designed to reduce wear on the relief.

Strike: The act of stamping a coin.

Truncation: The bottom edge of a portrait or bust.

Wheat penny: Lincoln cents issued from 1909 to 1958 bearing the wheat ear design on the reverse.