SS Central America Blazing gem!! Includes Box!! The interest in gold coins, and double eagles in particular, has risen sharply. Prior to 1985, the 1857-S double eagle was mostly available in grades of Very Fine to Extremely Fine. A few nice specimens were known, but none were choice pieces. The discovery of the S.S. Central America changed the landscape of collecting double eagles profoundly. There were more than 5,000 examples of the 1857-S double eagle aboard when the ship sank. Many of the examples found were in the same state of preservation as the day they left the Mint.