Gold Rush treasures from 1857 shipwreck up for Reno auction

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — Since the recovery of sunken treasure began decades ago from an 1857 shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina, tens of millions of dollars worth of gold has been sold.

But scientists, historians and collectors say that the real fortunes will begin to hit the auction block on Saturday. For the first time, hundreds of Gold Rush-era artifacts entombed in the wreckage of the S.S. Central America will go on public sale.

Known as the “Ship of Gold,” the steamship sank on Sept. 12, 1857, in a hurricane on its way from Panama to New York City. Most of…

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