Thursday, February 24, 2011

Corrections Officer Uses Detective Work in His Search for Gold and Silver

Around his neck he wears the prized piece of his antique coin collection; a gold Portuguese escudo (coin), which he has fashioned onto a heavy, silver chain. The coin bears the date 1746 and the likeness of King John V of Portugal, who reigned from 1706 until his death in 1750. Other markings on the coin indicate it was minted in Brazil.

Shortly after discovering it on the beach in Cape May, part-time treasure hunter Fred Croasdale consulted a rare coins expert at the Sotheby’s auction house in New York and was told that his find was valued at approximately $2,000. That was . . .

Full story at: Shore News Today

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