Conservation, Full Steam Ahead
December, NCS and NGC were awarded an exclusive contract
to perform the conservation, grading and encapsulation
of the coins recovered from the SS Republic
shipwreck by Odyssey Marine Exploration of Tampa, Florida.
||Dave Camire, NCS Vice President and conservator, in the NCS specialized conservation facility.
Marine Exploration, Inc. a leader in the field of deep
ocean shipwreck exploration has been excavating a wide
variety of material from the ship, which sank in 1865
with a large cargo of coins. According to officials
at Odyssey Marine, more than 17,000 coins and over 750
other artifacts have been recovered so far, which represents
a little more than 10% of the number of coins believed
to have been on the ship when it sank.
The recovery of the tens of thousands of gold and silver
United States coin, could very well amount to what experts
are calling the most valuable coin collection to ever
come to market.
The SS Republic was a side-wheel steamship
that foundered in a hurricane while enroute from New
York to New Orleans in 1865. Historical records indicate
she was carrying $400,000 in gold specie when she sank
off the coast of Georgia to a depth of 1,700 feet.
a wrap!" JWM Productions in association with
National Geographic conclude filming at NCS headquarters.
the beginning of the project, National Geographic Television
and Film has been documenting the effort preparing footage
to be used for a special broadcast of Dateline NBC and
"National Geographic Ultimate Explorer," which
is broadcast on MSNBC.
The Dateline NBC special is scheduled to air on Sunday,
April 25th from 7-8 p.m. ET. The National Geographic
Ultimate Explorer presentation will also air on Sunday,
April 25th from 8-9 p.m. ET on MSNBC. The Ultimate Explorer
show featuring the Republic will also air on
May 1st. For up-to-date information about the SS Republic
ship wreck and media appearances, visit Odyssey's Web
site at www.shipwreck.net.