A local air ambulance charity has struck gold with a collection of recycled coins!
The coins were kindly donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Paul Airton EAAA Area Fund Raising Manager took along the bucket of ‘scrap’ coins to Dave Allen at the Cambridge Coins & Jewellery shop in Biggleswade. Mr Allen was delighted with the collection as it contained a number of interesting pieces. Previous collections had resulted in £240 for the EAAA but this time a whopping £330 was achieved! The collection contained a 1961 Canadian part silver dollar which was worth £10, a fistful of pre 1948 silver content and a 1746 King George 11 Half Crown worth £70! The Half Crown is a fascinating part of history – the inscription reads GEORGIUS II DEI GRATIA (George II by the Grace of God) and the word LIMA under the king’s head signifies that the coin was struck from silver seized from the Spanish treasure fleet off Lima, Peru, during the War of the Austrian Succession.
Paul Airton Area Fundraising Manager for the EAAA said, ‘I am absolutely delighted that an old pot of coins has been turned into much needed funds for the EAAA. The support of our community fundraisers ensures that the life-saving work of the East Anglian Air Ambulances continues’.
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