baltimore, where the streets are paved with silver
how's this for random, i was taking a walk a couple blocks from the inner harbor and found this on the sidewalk:
an 1877 "trade dollar" "420 grains 900 fine" silver.
the ebay internets sez:
"this coin originally weighed 27.22 grams and has .900 silver .100 copper composition. the trade dollar was issued for circulation in the orient to compete with dollar sized coins of other countries. many pieces that circulated in the orient were counterstamped with oriental characters, known as chop marks. in 1877 the treasury redeemed all dollars that were not mutilated. these coins were designed by william barber and were only minted from 1873 to 1885."