Monday, August 02, 2010

Centuries-old 1773 Virginia copper halfpenny coin just one treasure found in dig

TRAPPE — Archaeologist Lou Farrell didn't exactly strike gold when he and his crew dug up an old coin at the Henry Muhlenberg House this summer, but if the elation in his voice is any indication, to him the 1773 Virginia copper halfpenny is even more valuable.

"This was heavily used; it's not just messed up from being in the ground," Farrell said, handing over the coin with the murky likeness of King George III, eroded by nearly 250 years of earthen confinement.

Tons of these coins were minted for . . .

Full story at: The Mercury

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