A stunning piece of treasure from the Ship of Gold, the SS Central America. The SS Central America sunk September 12, 1857 bring gold from the west coast to the east through the Panama Canal. There was so much gold on the ship, at the time worth around 8 million dollars, that its sinking contributed to the financial Panic of 1857.
This gold rush relic was assayed by Justh and Hunter, a partnership created in 1855. Justh was a Hungarian who had fled his home country and Hunter was originally from Maryland; the two met in San Francisco. Hunter had served as assistant assayer at the San Francisco Mint the year before. Their business went well, with millions of dollars of gold passing through their hand until they dissolved in 1858.
The present bar is stamped with their stylized logo, the serial number 4285, the weight 7.67oz and the dollar figure $126.36. The back of the bar is stamped with an 85. The bar is certified by PCGS and in a large holder.