14 December 2000
U.S. Bust Half Dollar, attached to a piece of wood obverse side down. Holed at 12:00 relative to the reverse, which is the side that shows. Grade is Fine to VF, as might be expected given the final year of the design type (1836) and the date of the sinking of the S.S. Central America; the coin spent at least 20 years in circulation. An historical combination of probable "pocket change" from a passenger and a shard of the actual wood of the ill-fated vessel.
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