OMEX indicated that during its initial reconnaissance of the shipwreck on Apr. 15, it collected five gold ingots with weights between 96.5 and 313.5 troy ounces and two $20 Double Eagle coins, minted in 1850 and 1857. During the dive, OMEX said that it the “gold ingots and other artifacts were clearly visible on the surface of the site” and did not require excavation, Bloomberg notes.
At current prices, the gold recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck is worth about $1.3 million.
Prior exploration of the shipwreck between 1989 and 1991 recovered more than 2 tons of gold. OMEX estimates that the shipwreck still contains gold worth about $86 million.
The SS Central America shipwreck is more than a mile deep in the Atlantic Ocean about 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina. The vessel sank in 1857, killing 425 passengers.
Shares of OMEX gained more than 1% in Tuesday morning trading.
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