Gold bars, gold coins and gold dust worth more than $ 50 million, the biggest lost treasure in the history of the United States that lay on the ocean floor more than 150 years, will soon be exposed and put on sale in California.
The 3,100 gold coins, 45 gold bars and more than 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of gold dust discovered in 1988 in the wreck of the steamship SSS Central America, is currently located in an improvised laboratory south of Los Angeles.
For decades, these treasures are cleaned manually from rust and dirt that have collected on the coins and bars as they lay at a depth of 2,134 meters below sea level, to shine in full splendor on the eve of the first public presentation next month.
Steamship “Central America” carried a valuable prey “California Gold Rush” when it sank in 1857 due to a hurricane off the coast of South Carolina.
In the shipwreck, 425 people drowned and slaughtered thousands of pounds of Californian gold, which led to economic panic.
The treasure will be publicly exhibited at the Congress Center in Long Beach, south of Los Angeles, in February.
All gold will be given for sale, and as estimated, the smallest gold coin could reach the price of a million dollars thanks to a combination of the rarity factors and the history behind it, said Dwight Manley, managing partner of the California Gold Marketing Group, which is displaying and selling the gold.