SS Central America, Gold Rush Nugget - 1857
SS Central America, Gold Rush Nugget - 1857
SS Central America, Gold Rush Nugget - 1857
SS Central America, Gold Rush Nugget - 1857

SS Central America, Gold Rush Nugget


Regular price
Sold out! More coming soon
Sale price
Unit price

Ships in 3 - 6 days within the US. This item ships free!

Includes info cards and Certificate of Authenticity.

Your purchase will match the quality of the items shown.

NGC® Certified

These nuggets were taken directly to a world class authentication service immediately after being recovered. Each is encased in a tamper proof plastic holder to prevent them from being altered or replaced, and they are guaranteed to be genuine. Learn more

----- ----- -----

Origin: These gold nuggets are as close as you can possibly get to the California Gold Rush of the 1850's. They were discovered aboard the steamer SS Central America, which was sunk by a hurricane in 1857 while carrying 30,000 pounds of California gold to New York. Having served as a time capsule for almost 150 years, this wreck is one of the only sources of gold that can definitively trace its origin to the California Gold Rush.

Each gold nugget weighs approximately 0.25 - 0.45 grams, depending on your choice of weight. They are encased in an NGC® holder and include a display stand.

Frequently Asked Questions

-----  -----  -----

SS Central America

Left: The SS Central America, its wreckage, and gold coins recovered aboard. Right: Commander William Lewis Herndon, the ship's captain

The tragic story of the Ship of Gold

The sinking of the SS Central America was far more than just a tragic loss of profits. It nearly killed the US economy as well.

Departing from Panama on September 3, 1857, the ship carried with it 447 passengers, 101 crew, and 30,000 pounds of gold transported from the California Gold Rush.

Disaster struck just three days later—a Category 2 hurricane battered the ship off the coast of the Carolinas, and it sank shortly after. All its riches and all but 153 passengers would be claimed by the sea.

The implications of the sinking were dire. The massive loss of life seemed bad enough, but soon the true consequences set in.

About $8 million worth of gold had been lost at sea, which is over $550 million today. This gold was desperately needed by the banks of New York to boost their reserves.

This shook the American economy to its core, at a time when it was still on the gold standard. It directly contributed to the Panic of 1857, a period of financial crisis that did not subside until after the Civil War.

The wreck of the SS Central America would not be located until 1988, with the total value of recovered gold being around $100 - 150 million.

Your order will include:

  • One NGC certified gold nugget of the SS Central America, weighing approximately 0.25 - 0.45 grams
  • Glass top leather display box
  • Detail card with relevant information about the relic
  • Cloth pouch to prevent scratches
  • Certificate of Authenticity


History Hoard relics are guaranteed authentic and have a 100% money back policy. Read more about the History Hoard Promise. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Your Certificate of Authenticity is more than just a piece of paper—it's a promise to you.

When you buy from History Hoard, you can rest assured that each of your new relics has been thoroughly inspected under the careful eyes of an antiquities specialist. Only items that are 100% certain to be authentic get sent to our customers.

Plus, we take great care to source our relics from only vetted antiquities experts, who are also committed to providing genuine and ethically sourced relics.

Check out this video to see the most basic things we look for when authenticating coins:

To read more about our promise to you, click here.

Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.

Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.

While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.

History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.

No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.

You can find our complete FAQ section here.