|Coins in St. Lucy's bowl|
|"Classic Head" Large Cent (U.S.)|
I assume there are other stories like this, and I would be interested in hearing them from readers. However, I understand there might be some reluctance to sharing, as the flags of ownership may be raised, in which I don’t want to be involved.
|Penny lodged between the clover leaves|
|Ben Franklin's grave|
|Tour guide instructing school children about tossing pennies on Ben Franklin's grave|
So if you saw all those coins in St. Lucy's eyeball bowl (at beginning of this article), would you be temped to pocket a few dollars? Well, I often think back to finding pennies on mobster Angelo Bruno’s headstone (link to my blog posting, "Graves of the Mob Bosses"), and how uncomfortable I would have felt were I to snitch a penny as a memento!
|Image from U.S. Coin Values.com|
After I was told that story, I looked up the value of a 1799 United States large cent. By my friend’s description, its condition was at least as fine as the 1814 coin mentioned above. How these copper coins remain untarnished and uncorroded after so many years in the elements is beyond me. Ready for the value of this coin? After I checked it out on U.S. Coin Values.com, I was tempted to buy a metal detector and head out to that cemetery myself! In worn, barely recognizable condition, it would retail for $4,000. In the condition the coin was described to me? – about $40,000! Turns out this is the rarest U.S. large cent ever minted. Ever.
|U.S. Mint Chief Engraver William Barber's grave|
|Seated Liberty half dollar (1839 - 1891)|
|Barber dime (1892 - 1916)|