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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 4, January 27, 2008, Article 34

MYSTERY: ROMAN COIN FOUND ON FRENCH SHIPWRECK IN TEXAS

[The Rockport Pilot of Rockport, TX reported on the finding
of a mysterious coin at an archeological site.  -Editor]

Dr. Jim Bruseth, director of the archeology division at the
Texas Historical Commission, and deputy state historic
preservation officer, was the keynote speaker Friday at the
Texas Maritime Museum speaking about “Mysteries of LaBelle.”

Bruseth's knowledge about La Belle and her artifacts is vast.
He served as project director of the excavation and recovery
of La Salle's ship, in Matagorda Bay, in 1996-97.

More than one million artifacts were recovered.

He said there were 2,000 gold coins on the ship when sunk,
but there were none on La Belle when excavated.

There was, however, a Roman silver coin dated AD 69.

"How a Roman coin ended up on a French ship on the coast
of Texas is a mystery I'll never solve,” said Bruseth."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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