Rare coins found on Outer Banks to be displayed at museum

North Carolina

HATTERAS VILLAGE, N.C. (AP) — A museum in North Carolina plans to exhibit a collection of coins that were found on the Outer Banks. The coins date as far back 221 BC and originated in places as far away as Spain and Egypt.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that the 55 coins are currently kept in a back room of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Depending on state funding, there are also plans to create an app that displays each coin the history behind it.

The late William Sell and his wife, Catherine, of Pennsylvania collected the coins over decades. They walked the Hatteras Island beaches while vacationing there from 1939 to 2001. They picked up “things that looked curious.”

Some of the coins could have been lost in a shipwreck, separated from pirates’ loot or left as part of a ship’s ballast that was scooped up from a distant shore.

“Historically, this is a treasure trove,” said Joseph Schwarzer, director of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System.

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