The greatest lost treasure in US history and the incredible story behind it
In February 2018 a spectacular array of gold ingots, coins, and more went on display – and for sale – in Long Beach, California. The treasure was part of a 9.1-tonne cargo of gold worth millions of dollars that went down with the SS Central America in 1857, in what remains America's worst disaster at sea. As artefacts from the doomed ship begin a national tour, read on to discover the incredible story behind the sinking of the 'Ship of Gold' and salvage operation – and why the treasure hunter who discovered the ship in 1988 and sold some of its treasures for $50 million (£39.8m) is now in jail. All dollar values in US dollars.