Saturday, March 29, 2014

Collection - 1816 Large Cent

Note:  Everything is in a safe deposit box.  I keep nothing in my home. 

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She's no beauty, is she? Knocked about, jangled in many a pocket and purse and she ran into something really hard and sharp at some time in her long life.

But I love her. She's almost two hundred years old and she's full of spunk and character!

By the way, she was born in hard times: 1816 was the famous year without a summer. Crops were destroyed Some hungry New England farmer might have clutched this coin and calculated how much food it and the rest of his meager wealth could buy.

She has lived through many a boom and bust and too many wars. She's seen almost all the history of the United States and has passed through untold hands. Today she sits in a safety deposit box along with other coins much prettier and supposedly more valuable.

But they haven't seen what she's seen, have they?

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