By the time she was lost, the SS Republic boasted a history so remarkable as to seem farfetched. Built in Baltimore at the height of the steam age, she was christened the SS Tennessee in 1853. She was an industrial marvel, 210 feet long by 34 feet wide with a massive single piston engine driving two 28-foot iron side-wheels. Considered a Hybrid she was also equipped with sails.
During the Civil War she was captured by the Confederates. On the fifth day, a gale blew in and by nightfall the Republic was stalled without power in a fierce hurricane. Her crew worked feverishly to prepare the lifeboats and patch together a makeshift raft.
At 4pm on October 25, 1865, the Republic disappeared into the sea. The coin comes with the Certificate of Authenticity. The item "1861-O W-03 SS Republic Shipwreck Silver Seated Liberty Half Dollar -239" is in sale since Wednesday, August 5, 2020. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ US\Half Dollars\Seated Liberty (1839-91)".collectors" and is located in Soquel, California. This item can be shipped to United States.