Cornerstones of many historical buildings have time capsules which sometimes contain valuables such as old coins. The exterior of the cornerstone has engravings depicting the period during the construction of the building.
Usually, cornerstones have the architects name on them along with the date of construction, and they are located at a corner of the front of the building.
Imagine finding a valuable coin such as the 1804 silver dollar in one of those time capsule cornerstones. The 1804 Silver dollar is publicized as one of the rarest coins for all United States coinage.
There are only eight of the original 1804 issues known to exist with a value of approximately $4 million for a graded condition coin of Proof-68.
The mintage of the 1804 silver dollar is unknown. It’s quite possible for an additional original issue to surface or even a cache of them for that matter.
Class II and III 1804 silver dollars were minted for collectors who wanted the collectible coins between 1858 and 1860. These coins have a value of approximately $2 million depending on the graded condition of the coin.
The possibility exists that a $2,000 1909-S VDB “Victor D. Brenner, engraver” small cent is located in the 1909 time capsule at the Summit County Courthouse on Lincoln Street in Breckenridge, Colorado.
There are plans to open the Summit County Courthouse cornerstone time capsule in 2109. There is no telling how much a mint state 1909-S VDB small cent will be worth in 2109. See “Be a part of the Breckenridge history” by Lisa Mercer May 20, 2009 in the Examiner.
The Seneca County County Courthouse time capsule was opened after the demolition of the building. The valuable coins uncovered in this time capsule are showcased at the Seneca County Museum in Tiffin, Ohio.
Cornerstones was mentioned in the Old and New Testaments of the bible. It was mentioned in Psalm 118:22 of the Old Testament. Then mentioned in the New Testament several times with Ephesians 2:20 being the most significant.
Christians believe Jesus Christ is the “Chief” cornerstone of their faith. There are numerous old church buildings in the United States which have cornerstones. Most people would be excited to find an 1804 silver dollar in one of those church corner stones.
Like the riches of Babylon come the desires of becoming rich. Many construction workers have made valuable finds in hiding caches such as walls and floor boards of old houses. More attention should be given to cornerstones and their time capsules during demolition or reconstruction projects.
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