Local newspaper coverage of numismatics is always welcome, but usually spotty in accuracy. This article from the Pittsburgh area describes a couple's "rare coin" find - actually a token which may well be scarce, but probably of little value. The item is not well illustrated - only one side can be seen, and only at a distance. I tried to blow up the image below.
For 10 consecutive years, Henry and Christina Ries have planted fruit and vegetable seeds in their backyard in the spring and reaped the harvest a few months later.
The Carrick couple picked up something unexpected near their zucchini plants while gardening in a new spot in their backyard a few weeks ago.
Henry Ries, 70, found an advertisement token for a newspaper founded in 1884. The newspaper, the Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph, was eventually purchased by publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
The text on the front of the coin says, “If presented at Office of Chronicle Telegraph.” The other side says, “Good for 25 cents on room ads.”
To read the complete article, see:
Carrick couple uncovers rare coin in backyard
Wayne Homren, Editor
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