The S. S. Andrea Doria was as much a floating art gallery as a luxury cruise vessel. Between her maiden voyage in 1953 and the maritime disaster ending her service and the lives of more than fifty on board, she ferried thousands of people between Europe and New York. Due to her enormous size and the warm south Atlantic course she took, there were three swimming pools on the upper deck; an engineering marvel not previously accomplished.
On July 26, 1956 the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm (a Swedish ocean liner) collided amid dense fog off the coast of Nantucket. On August 27, 1981, a team lead by marine explorer and department store heir, Peter Gimble, recovered the Banco di Roma safe which had been submerged more than 250 feet underwater for more than one-quarter century. Three years later, the safe was opened during a live television broadcast revealing stacks of U.S. $1 silver certificates and Italian banknotes in 50, 100, and 1,000 Lire denominations.
After a meticulous inventory to document the origin of each piece, some of the notes were preserved and protected in specially-made Lucite holders. These holders were sealed by PCGS along with a certificate of authenticity.
It is a thrill to offer such historically important relics from this famous maritime disaster to our clients. Each pair includes a $1 silver certificate and an Italian 1,000 Lire salvaged from the Andrea Doria mounted in custom acrylic ready to display. An irreplaceable opportunity for the connoisseur.
One pair: $1 Silver Certificate and 1,000 Lire, each PCGS certified.