N.C. man with metal detector finds 222-year-old coin near church

N.C. man with metal detector finds 222-year-old coin near church
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EMBDEN, Maine (AP) - A North Carolina man with a metal detector has found a long-hidden, 222-year-old coin under a few inches of soil outside a church in Maine.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Shane Houston was on a metal-detecting trip with a friend from New Hampshire when he found the coin earlier this month.

He said it was found on the grounds of a church in Embden where he had permission to use his metal detector.

The copper penny, dated 1798, comes from the first decade of American-minted money in North America.

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