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Contents of the 22Oyo Paul Revere And Samuel Adams Time Capsule Revealed [VIDEO]

 

 

Hatchfield removes a folded newspaper from more than 200 years ago found in the time capsule Tuesday in Boston. None of the newspapers were opened to better preserve the ancient paper

Hatchfield removes a folded newspaper from more than 200 years ago found in the time capsule Tuesday in Boston. None of the newspapers were opened to better preserve the ancient paper

The original time capsule had been removed in 1855 and was cleaned and documented before it was placed back in the cornerstone, during some repairs to the building. But even with further examining on the box and with the use of X-ray, the contents were remained a mystery to everybody.

And finally on January 6, 2015, the box has made the whole United States even more excited with what are hidden inside the 220-year-old tattered time capsule when it was first opened by the group of specialists at Boston Museum of Fine Arts in a media event in the American gallery.

Hatchfield holding the 1652 "Pine Tree Shilling" found in the capsule (Credit: Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

Hatchfield holding the 1652 “Pine Tree Shilling” found in the capsule (Credit: Boston Museum of Fine Arts)

Museum director Malcolm Rogers said: “Though we knew a little bit about what was in the box, it was a moment of extraordinary excitement as this brass container just the size of a cigar box was slowly opened with surgical precision, and you suddenly found yourself in the presence of history,” American Web Media reported.

Image of an engraved silver plate from the time capsule, which is thought to be the work of Paul Revere.

Image of an engraved silver plate from the time capsule, which is thought to be the work of Paul Revere.

Pam Hatchfield, the expert who removed the contents of Paul Revere’s time capsule, has revealed 5 folded newspapers pages of the period which are amazingly kept in good condition; some 23 coins in denominations of “half-cent,” penny, quarter, dime and half-dime, on which some dated to the mid-19th century, while others were from 1795; a so-called “Pine Tree Shilling” dated to 1652; a copper medal with George Washington’s image and the words “General of the American Army”; a seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and a title page from the Massachusetts Colony Records. There was also a silver plate with fingerprints still on it which is believed to have engraved by Revere, bearing an inscription dedicating the State House cornerstone on the 20th anniversary of American independence in July 1795. It took nearly an hour to remove all the items from the time capsule.

Pam Hatchfield, head of objects conservation at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, displays objects removed from a time capsule in Boston.

Pam Hatchfield, head of objects conservation at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, displays objects removed from a time capsule in Boston.

Sebastian Clarke, an appraiser for PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow,” described the finding as “magnificent” and said “the value has to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars” if confirmed to have been made by Revere himself,” according to CNN.

The objects will be placed on display for a time, before being returned to the time capsule. According to Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, the time capsule will eventually be returned to the cornerstone, but it’s not certain whether state officials will add any new objects to it before burying it again.

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