Even through corrosion, a clear 1808 date is visible on the obverse side of this copper coin minted on the world's first automatic steam press in Birmingham England. The inscription on the reverse on this EAST INDIA COMPANY 10 CASH token is in Persian. (looks lots more coppery in real life than depictedA fierce gale pounded the 3-decker, 145 foot ADMIRAL GARDNER on the Goodwin Sands before dawn on January 25, 1809. The ships and cargos were lost. Salvaged in 1985, these tokens show sea wear yet still have discernable markings even after 176 years on the sea bed! A fascinating, certified history, offered at a fabulous price, this 1808 coin is probably the least expensive genuine shipwreck treasure on the market today. But...as interest increases, the number of the coins get snapped up by collectors, the prices start going higher and higher.
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