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Rare 1730s coin found on street in Tenn.

August 26, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A couple of street sweepers made a rare find in Tennessee when they picked up a coin. The two men said they often pick up coins that have been tossed on the ground, but the one they found on Wednesday was different than the rest.

"I hollered, 'Albert look here what I found!' And we looked at it, it's a 1736 silver coin," said Jonathan Bowman.

Pictures and measurements of the coin have been sent to the Smithsonian to see if the coin really is a 1736 French coin.

If the coin is authentic, the rare item dates back to the time of King Louis XV. He was king of France during the French and Indian War, when French military men were in the United States.


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