Maldon: Grandfather's surprise at finding 200-year-old coin in garden (From Maldon and Burnham Standard)
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Maldon: Grandfather's surprise at finding 200-year-old coin in garden
A grandfather was surprised to find a 200-year-old coin while burying his dog's ashes.
Retired Peter Pears discovered the heavy Britannia Penny, dating back to 1797 and embossed with the head of King George III, while he was digging in his garden in Wantz Road, Maldon earlier.
The 79-year-old had intended to bury his rescue dog Preston’s ashes when he saw the unusual blackened object in the mud.
He said: “I was putting the earth back in the hole and it was in the first spade-full back.
“It was buried about a foot down."
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