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600-year-old coin found in Kenya…..


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Scientists from Illinois have found a rare, 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda.

The Field Museum in Chicago announced the find Wednesday. The joint expedition was led by Chapurukha Kusimba of the museum and Sloan Williams of the University of Illinois-Chicago. Researchers say the coinproves trade existed between China and eastern Africa decades before European explorers set sail.

The coin is made of copper and silver. It has a square hole in the center so it could be worn on a belt. Scientists say it was issued by Emperor Yongle of China and his name is written on the coin.

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Button found on St. Augustine shipwreck ‘the smoking gun’ to its identity……



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A corroded uniform button found in the mud off the St. Augustine Beach pier could be the “smoking gun” that leads to identifying a mystery shipwreck.

And the copper coin with a face of what could be Britain’s King George found by a Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program volunteer just adds to evidence that the wreck could be part of a British Revolutionary War fleet that fled Charleston in 1782.

The corroded button bears the number 74. That means it came off a 74th Regiment British Army uniform of Cambell’s Highlanders, assembled in Scotland in 1777 to fight rebels in North America. When the British fled the American army’s advance into Charleston, half the fleet headed into the St. Johns River in Jacksonville and the rest went to St. Augustine.

There, 16 of them wrecked on Dec. 31, including the escort ship Rattlesnake, said Chuck Meide, archaeology director at the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum program.

“This is a smoking gun,” Meide said. “This confirms the ship we are digging on was in the evacuation of Charleston.”

The Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program seeks and preserves the underwater history off the nation’s oldest city. Begun in 1996, it has targeted more than 50 possible wrecks. One was the British sloop Industry, which sank in 1764 just south of the current lighthouse. Divers recovered numerous artifacts including a cannon and tools that never made it to St. Augustine’s British outpost.

The current site under investigation was targeted in 2009 and has yielded cauldrons, a bell, a flintlock pistol, two British cannons and a musket with what looks like a bayonet on top. Working on a meter-square part of the site on Tuesday, divers using a suction device pulled up the latest items in mud.

Volunteer Karen Paradiso was sorting through it when Meide jokingly told her that she “might make a great discovery.”

“Here she is holding up this coin, and she said ‘I don’t think it’s a quarter,’ ” Meide said. “It’s pretty neat.”

Neater still was what volunteer Kyle Lent came across later — two pewter buttons, one with the number 74 at its center. Now researchers will clean the buttons, the coin and two other coins concreted together to see if there are dates or other information on them. The search also is on for the names of those lost ships to see if they can tie in a cargo manifest with the artifacts found so far.

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ATTN: COIN COLLECTORS…Monday Night Coin Auction


BidALot Coin Auction Presents
BIDALOT COIN AUCTION ONLINE MON. SEPT. 10TH @ 6:30 PM CDT
Auction Overview
1988 $100 GOLD COIN, 1937-D THREE LEGGED BUFFALO NICKEL, MORGAN SILVER DOLLARS, US LARGE CENTS, P/D/S SETS, SEATED LIBERTY HALF DOLLARS, PEACE SILVER DOLLARS, 1884-CC MORGAN SILVER DOLLAR, CASINO TOKENS, AMERICAN SILVER EAGLES, ASSORTED MEXICAN COINAGE, US SILVER PROOF SETS, INDIAN HEAD CENTS, BUST HALF DOLLAR, CURRENCY, CANADA ITEMS AND SETS, SOUVENIR SETS, US FRACTIONAL CURRENCY, CASINO $10 SILVER TOKENS, COPPER INGOTS, $20 LIBERIA SILVER COINS, NATIONAL CURRENCY, KEY DATES, STERLING ITEMS…..
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