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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 39, September 24, 2006, Article 30

IF THEY MADE SO MANY OF THEM, WHY WOULD SOMEBODY BURY IT?

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg, SC published a story September
19th about the quest of a local man who would dearly love to prove
that his backyard find is worth a fortune.

"Nearly three years ago, using the metal detector his wife had given
him for Christmas, [a local man] discovered something curious in his
yard.

"[He] said he soon saw a “little metal tube sticking up.” The tube
was broken open, and in it was a document wrapped in heavy yellow
plastic and an old coin.

"Since then, the pair have been trying to discover the history
behind what they believe is an original, signed and dated version
of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and a Confederate coin
dating back to 1861."

"They have taken the document and coin to the Orangeburg County
Historical Society, a professor at the University of South Carolina,
a collector in Virginia and the Library of Congress in Washington,
D.C., receiving mixed reactions along the way.

"When a friend took the find to Virginia, the specialist said he
couldn’t figure it out, but the Library of Congress said the two
pieces don’t have any monetary value.

“It seems that everybody’s given us the run-around on it,” [His
friend] said. “If they made so many of them (the coins), why would
someone go through the trouble of burying it?”

“We just want somebody to look at it.”"

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[Well, you HAD somebody look at it and they told you it was worthless.
As for the copy of the Gettysburg Address, buried in a broken tube and
wrapped in a material that didn't EXIST until decades after the Civil
War, if the Library of Congress didn't think anything of it, how many
more experts do you need to tell you it's worthless?   -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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