1874-CC/S Trade Dollars and their possible link to a shipwreck
In November of 2021 I found 50 or so American Trade Dollars in horrific condition, where visible all dated 1874 and a mix of CC and S mint marks. Environmental and fire damage was present on all of them while some but not all had signs of cleaning.
I have since been able to link them to a specific and possible shipwreck, the SS Japan. I have presented my findings at a symposium and written about it on Numista. You may watch the video or read the post and make your own conclusions.
The author Robert Wells of the book "Voices from the Bottom of the South China Sea" was of great help in providing invaluable and exclusive access to the facts regarding this obscure shipwreck and the majority of the hoard is now with Payton Lindeman of @classickidcoins on Instagram. They are the ones in the photo after they arranged to meet.
The details about the coins, the history, the wreck and the evidence are in the video and post. I would love to hear what the community has to say about the whole thing. These coins hold a lot of history and I wish to share it with you all.
A coin has been submitted for authentication. I hope to get a result back in a year or so.
Forum post: https://en.numista.com/forum/topic117270.html#p958375
Symposium video: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/614142
Photo album: https://imgur.com/a/uet7hSw
Book website: https://southchinavoices.com/
My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hkcolonialcoins/