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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 26, June 26, 2005, Article 8

18TH CENTURY COIN MELTING INCIDENT

W. David Perkins of Centennial, CO writes: "Iím currently reading
the new book "1776" by David McCullough, a well received fatherís
day gift. I came across evidence of the melting of 18th Century
circulating coinage, but not in the traditional sense. Per the author,
this incident took place on August 21, 1776. McCullough writes
that on the night of August 21, ďa terrifying storm broke over New
York, a storm as vicious as any in living memory, and for those
who saw omens in such unleashed fury from the elements-Ö..Ē

As to the coins being melted, ďIn another part of town three
officers were killed by a single thunderbolt. A later report described
how the tips of their swords and coins in their pockets had been
melted ..."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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