Amidst the anticipation of holiday stockings and the delight of festive surprises, imagine unearthing a piece of history this Christmas—one that hails from the infamous Titanic. Liberty Coin Service in Lansing unveils a unique offering: authenticated specimens of coal retrieved from the depths of the RMS Titanic shipwreck.
Tom Coulson, the esteemed owner and general manager of Liberty Coin Service, shared the intriguing news. “Beyond our expansive collection spanning 2,500 years of coins and currency, we delve into historical treasures,” he revealed. The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently authenticated and certified 500 pieces of coal salvaged in 1994 from the ill-fated Titanic. Now, with the Titanic declared a protected world heritage site, any further salvage endeavors are barred. “These pieces of coal could evolve into prized relics in the years ahead,” Tom added.
Liberty Coin Service secured a limited allocation of twenty authenticated specimens before they vanished from the market. What sets these apart is not just their historical significance but also the experience they offer. Visitors to the store have been enthralled by the chance to hold such a significant artifact. Encapsulated in a copyrighted 3-1/4” tall rigid plastic holder, each piece of Titanic coal allows a comprehensive view of all its sides. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity containing historical insights about the Titanic and its coal usage, these relics stand as tangible connections to a poignant moment in history.
“While other dealers offer these NGC-authenticated pieces for $399-$495 apiece, at Liberty, we strive to offer exceptional value to our customers,” Tom emphasized. However, with this limited supply, the opportunity to acquire these rare artifacts may soon vanish entirely. “Once this allocation sells out, the likelihood of securing more becomes uncertain,” Tom cautioned.
The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, established in 1987 to authenticate and grade coins, stands as a reputable division of the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG). This coalition of divisions extends its expertise beyond coins to encompass currency, comic books, video games, stamps, and historical artifacts.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary a couple of years ago, Liberty Coin Service, founded in 1971, has earned esteemed recognition as Michigan’s largest rare coin and precious metals dealership. Serving both precious metals investors and numismatic collectors across the nation, Liberty Coins—fondly known locally—has remained a steadfast presence in Lansing’s Frandor Shopping Center since 1975.
The chance to own a piece of the Titanic’s history is a rare and captivating opportunity. With only a limited number available, these authenticated coal specimens offer not just a tangible piece of a tragic tale but also a glimpse into a significant era. As the festive season approaches, consider the unique gift of history this Christmas from Liberty Coin Service—a treasure from the depths of the Titanic, encapsulated in time.