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johnny dollar's vault

retro pop culture and various local observations and ramblings.

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Location: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
johnny dollar's vault resides in the basement of stately dollar maisonTM, amongst the wine cellar, tiki bar, and finicky electrical panel. from time to time i will unearth various artifacts from either there or from the random crevices of my mind.

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NOTE: this blog will NOT deal with any recent pop culture (i.e. since about 1990) or topical issues, so if you're looking for discussion about britney baracko jacko flacco, look elsewhere, lol

Thursday, November 20, 2008

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."



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