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The following press release was issued by Bowers and Merena regarding their SS Republic coin auction.

National Auction Debut of SS Republic Treasure Scheduled for Bowers and Merena's Official Auction of the 2005 National Money Show Auction

Irvine, CA - April 5, 2005 - Bowers and Merena will be offering a selection of important and historic Liberty Eagles and Double Eagles recently recovered from the shipwreck of the SS Republic. The sale, entitled Treasures of the SS Republic, represents the first national auction appearance of gold coins recovered from this shipwreck.

The Treasures of the SS Republic Sale is scheduled for April 8, 2005 at the start of Session Three in Bowers and Merena's Official Kansas City ANA National Money Show Auction. The session will begin at 6:00 PM Central Daylight Time.

"The SS Republic sank in 1865 off the coast of Georgia during an extremely fierce hurricane," stated Bowers and Merena President Steve Deeds. "The shipwreck was discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration in 2003. With the wide-ranging media coverage that has been generated by the ship and its archaeological excavation, the SS Republic's fame is spreading rapidly. Demand for its treasure has steadily increased as more and more collectors have become aware of the history of the SS Republic and the numismatic significance that its treasure holds."

According to Bowers and Merena Director of Numismatics Jeff Ambio: "Since excavation began, Odyssey has recovered more than 51,000 Quarters, Half Dollars, Eagles, and Double Eagles from the shipwreck site. Bowers and Merena is proud to be offering a selection of Liberty Eagles and Double Eagles as part of our Official 2005 Kansas City ANA National Money Show Auction. Each coin has been expertly preserved, graded, and encapsulated by NGC. They have also been hand-selected by John Albanese, Odyssey's Numismatic Marketing Strategist, for eye appeal and technical quality."

To view the online catalogs for the Treasures of the SS Republic Sale and the Official 2005 Kansas City ANA National Money Show Auction, visit the Bowers and Merena website, www.bowersandmerena.com. Internet bids are also being accepted at that address. To order printed catalogs, to register for alternate bidding methods, or to find out about lot viewing times, call Bowers and Merena toll free at 800-458-4646.

Highlights from the Treasures of the SS Republic

  • 1862 Liberty Eagle NGC MS-64
  • 1850-O Doubled O Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU-55
  • 1853/2 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU-58
  • 1857 Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-62
  • 1858 Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-62
  • 1861 Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-64
  • 1862 Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-62
  • 1862-S Doubled 86 Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-62
  • 1863 Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-61
  • 1863-S Small S Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-62
  • 1864 Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-62
  • 1864-S Small S Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-63
  • 1865 Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-65

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