This Day in Binghamton History: The rare penny (1879)


AUGUST 12 – In 1879, a man named Jeremiah Ford is on Water Street when he looks down and finds a penny.

It’s not just any penny – it’s dated back to 1785 making it one of the first pieces ever issued by the United States Bank.

Multiple collectors surrounded Ford in hopes of getting his prize, but Ford made it clear that he was not interested.

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