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Man with metal detector finds 222-year-old coin near church

Shane Houston, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was on a metal-detecting trip with a friend from New Hampshire when he found the coin earlier this month, the Bangor Daily News reported. The copper penny, dated 1798, comes from the first decade of American-minted money in North America.

PTI | Embden | Updated: 26-10-2020 00:46 IST | Created: 26-10-2020 00:44 IST
Man with metal detector finds 222-year-old coin near church
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A man with a metal detector has found a long-hidden, 222-year-old coin under a few inches of soil outside a church in Maine. Shane Houston, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was on a metal-detecting trip with a friend from New Hampshire when he found the coin earlier this month, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The copper penny, dated 1798, comes from the first decade of American-minted money in North America. He said it was found on the grounds of a church in Embden where he had permission to use his metal detector.

The penny is not in pristine condition. Houston said it might fetch $200 but he has no intention of selling it. On the same trip, he also found an 1818 penny, a full wagon wheel, and a musket ball. The ammunition was measured at 0.75 calibers, making it British in origin.


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