These coins are worth more than pocket change

May 14, 2008 4:47:19 AM PDT
They're coins -- but they're worth way more than pocket change.

Coin experts are assessing the value of rare gold coins recovered from a pre-Civil War shipwreck off the Louisiana coast.

The treasure drove includes quarter eagles and half eagles.

Those gold pieces had a face value of $2.50 and $5.

Today, David Bowers, co-chairman of Stack's Rare Coins in New York, says they could bring up to 100-grand apiece at auction.

The coins are said to be in very good condition despite decades of being underwater.

The wreck was found by four hobbyists, who have won salvage rights in federal court.