Titanic's Valuable Coal

Investing In Titanic's Coal

On April 11th 2012, the world marked the 100th anniversary of the tragic sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Back in 1912 the unthinkable happened when the unsinkable Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. This day went down in history, and there have been many television shows and movies about this ill fated cruise. Years back there's was a television show about an expedition that recovered artifacts from the ocean floor where the Titanic rested. They recovered all sorts of things that went into a traveling museum. They also recovered coal, which can't be considered an artifact because it's not made by humans. They wouldn't sell the belongings of the passengers or pieces of the ship to the public, but a decision was made to sell pieces of the coal to finance the recovery cost. So I decided that this would be a great investment, and I bought my piece of history.

My piece of coal sits on a black plastic base with a square mirrored glass on top, with a brass metal plate engraved with "R.M.S. Titanic". The coal is covered by a plastic cube open on the bottom to cover the base. It is really sharp looking, and a great conversation piece. It came with it's own certificate of authenticity from R.M.S. Titanic, and it also comes with it's very own registration number. My name is also listed among contributors, which is suppose to be apart of a traveling museum of the Titanic's artifacts. I've never had an opportunity to visit this museum, and years later I highly question it's value as an investment. A matter of fact on the right day, you could probably pick up this exact piece at any given flea market around the world.

Recently at an Ebay auction I spotted my exact piece of coal fetching a high bid of $3.75, which was a steal. There were only five bids on this particular piece of Titanic coal, and it appeared as though there weren't going to be any more bids before the auction closed. Other internet auctions for the same type of Titanic coal showed similar results. I purchased my little piece of coal from the 1994 Titanic research and recovery exhibition, and I don't remember exactly what I paid for it. I'm not joking either, I really don't remember that far back. I saw a full page color advertisement for the coal in a "USA Today" newspaper, and I filled out the order form and mailed them a check, which included shipping charges. I believe I paid somewhere around twenty to thirty dollars for my coal, so my investment is definitely in the red.

Now as far as an investment, I don't think I would recommend this to anyone else. Maybe for a long term investment of a hundred years or so, but nothing that we'll see a return in our lifetime for. I'm completely satisfied with my little piece of April 11th 1912 Titanic coal, and if something ever happens to it, then I know now that I can purchase a cheap replacement for it over the internet. I wouldn't worry about them running out of coal either, because they can always make the pieces smaller to sell more of them. I know my little chunk of coal that was once 4,000 feet beneath the sea is safe now. It's some where up in the attic of my house, and maybe someday I'll find it once again.

Would you ever consider investing in a chunk of R.M.S. Titanic coal?

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kbdressman 17 months ago from Harlem, New York

It might not be worth millions in dollars, but it's sure worth a fortune in conversation topics. What a cool little piece of history! And who knows, maybe you'll make more off this hub than you would make if you sold the coal!


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Ericdierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

I think it is worth the original price. It is cool piece of history. Your story is now a piece of history and I like it. I like how they sold the coal instead of peoples stuff.


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Larry Rankin 17 months ago from Oklahoma

As always, an offbeat and interesting topic.


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Rachel L Alba 17 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

The Titanic is a very sad but interesting story. How great to have a piece of the original ship.


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BlossomSB 17 months ago from Victoria, Australia

What an interesting topic to choose to write about. It was such a sad historic event and has continued to tug at the heart-strings.


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RoadMonkey 17 months ago

That was a very innovative idea of theirs to finance the expedition this way. Interesting to read about that.


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Jodah 17 months ago from Queensland Australia

I can't believe these are selling so cheaply on eBay. Even though they are just pieces of coal they come from the Titanic. Great conversation piece anyway.


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aviannovice 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

If you think about it, it is a nice conversation piece, if nothing else. Who would have thought that this would have been recovered?


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lollyj lm 17 months ago from Washington KS

Fascinating info. Just imagine where that coal has been over the last million years or so!! Well done.


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DaphneDL 16 months ago from Saint Albans, West Virginia

I knew they recovered a number of items from the Titantic, but never heard about coal being one of the items. A great piece of history!


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Peter Grujic 14 months ago from Pittsburgh

Love this story- I actially bought a piece of coal that was nicely mounted and framed but it was stolen last year. Next time the Titanic exposition comes to Pittsburgh, I will buy another!


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TheHoleStory 14 months ago from Parsons, West Virginia Author

There's other ways to obtain a piece of the Titanic's coal also Peter. I bought a piece of this coal years ago from an advertisement out of a USA Today newspaper. Just keep your eyes open.


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Peter Grujic 14 months ago from Pittsburgh

Thanks! If you ever get a chance to se the Titanic exhibition, I would highly recommend it. It' a positive emotional experience. will look on places like e-bay.


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rebelogilbert 13 months ago from Hacienda Heights, California

I think that's interesting information. It's a fun nostalgic conversation starter to have around the house.


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Sgt Prepper 13 months ago from Elkhorn, WI

I have researched the "Titanic" sinking for many years and have come to the conclusion the ship that is in two pieces at the bottom of the North Atlantic is really the RMS Olympic. The Titanic was renamed the Olympic and served for over three decades including as a troopship during The Great War. The Olympic had been struck by British warship, the HMS Hawke, and almost broken in two before the younger sister-ship Titanic was complete. The Olympic's keel was badly damaged and it listed to port, but somehow it was patched up enough to return to the shipyard in South Hampton where it was painted black(like the Titanic) and swapped dry-docks with Titanic. Then around Saint Patrick's Day a man called Paddy the Pig swapped names by riveting letters over the deeply etched names on the ships. Some of these letters fell off while the ship sank or hit the so-called iceberg so original photographs originally taken of the wreck actually expose some of the OLYMPIC name.

The ship that stood still(the Californian) was in position waiting for the red or blue signals but someone, possibly J.P. Morgan Senior himself, must have tossed them overboard before de-boarding in France. Another couple boarded the ship there signing in as "Mr. & Mrs. Morgan". That same gentleman later promised "new kit" to the crew-members who rowed his lifeboat if they did not return to pick-up more survivors. The Californian was on an unscheduled voyage with NO passengers or cargo. However 1,500 woolen blankets and 1,500 wool jumpers were on board. Amazingly the band-members widows were later billed by White Star Lines for the brass buttons on their sport-jackets and two-thirds of the pay they received because only one-third of the round-trip was completed.

Not too surprisingly JP Morgan Senior once asked his father where the Morgan-family got all their wealth and was told Captain Morgan the pirate was in their ancestry.

The Titanic was the biggest insurance fraud in history before 9/11/2001.

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