313-year-old English silver sixpence, likely once owned by Rev. John Avery (1685/6-1754) found in Truro, Massachusetts. The coin dates from 1689-1702
The Boston Globe is reporting this unusual find of an early British coin found by Truro resident Peter Burgess while working in his garden.
“At first, I wasn’t sure what it was,” said Burgess. “It didn’t look so much like a coin, but like a brown wafer.”
The coin was minted during the reign of King William III – 1689-1702 who assumed the throne jointly with his wife Mary II – following the Glorious Revolution of 1688 which overthrew her father, King James II. “William and Mary” were the only joint monarchs – both serving with equal authority.
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Bishop, Stewart. Cape man finds 313-year-old sixpence. Boston Globe 3 June 2009