NGC Releases SS New York Population Report
Posted on 6/20/2008
A comprehensive population report of all the NGC-graded gold coins from the SS New York is now available. The SS New York operated a light cargo and passenger service between New Orleans and Galveston until it sank during a storm on September 7, 1846. Coins recovered were conserved by Numismatic Conservation Services (NCS) and then certified by NGC. The newly released population report includes 297 gold coins representing a broad cross-section of coins used in commerce along Gulf of Mexico trade routes during the early nineteenth century.
Download: SS New York Graded Gold Coin Population Report (PDF)
Coins recovered from the SS New York are from Western Europe, South and Central America, and the United States. The US coins include several exemplary condition coins from southern mints. For example, an 1845-D $2.50 graded NGC MS 64 is the highest graded example of this Dahlonega issue. Other notable examples include an 1844-D $5 NGC MS 63 PL, the only prooflike example of the date to be certified, and two 1844-O $10 NGC MS 63 pieces, tied as the two finest examples of the issue certified.
Among the notable foreign coins are a Colombia 1816PN FR 8 escudos and a Denmark 1844 FF 2 Christians D’Or graded NGC MS 62. Both are scarce issues. The earliest gold coin recovered from the ship was a Prussia 1776A 2 Friedrich D'Or grading NGC F 15, which was 70 years old when the ship sank.
The SS New York population report can be downloaded from NGC’s Web site as a PDF file. Additionally, these coins will be incorporated into the only NGC Census as of June 16, 2008.
The majority of gold coins recovered from the SS New York showed no evidence of salt water exposure following conservation and were eligible for grading on the 70-point grading scale. Gold coins receiving Shipwreck Effect designations will be itemized in a second report, yet to be released, which will also include silver coinage.