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A valuable sixpence found by Omeath Man

July 24 1937

July 24 1937

Insured for 400,000 dollars

On his way to England, Mr Richard J O’Hanlon, of Oakland, California, has arrived in Omeath, bringing one of the world’s most valuable coins, which he is to exhibit before the British Historical Society.

It is a sixpence of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, bearing date 1575.

It is claimed that it was brought to the American shores by Francis Drake in 1579, and the spot where Mr O’Hanlon’s friend found it is claimed as the place where Drake landed.

The coin is insured with Lloyd’s on sea for 100,000 dollars, and while on land the Californian Historical Society has it insured for 400,000.

Mr O’Hanlon, who at the age of 13 left Omeath forty years ago, has had a most varied career as soldier, sailor, singer, dnacer, free-lance journalist, shcool teacher (having qualified through the Californian University) and scenario writer for Hollywood.

At the age of 14 he joined the American Amry, and at age 16 years was wounded in the Phillippines during the Spanish-American War.

From his wounds he never fully recovered, and has spent 17 years in hospitals.

It was while lying in hospital and contemplating his loss of voice and his inability to dance any more that he got the idea of short story writing to supplement his pension.

His early attempts met with great success and he became a regular contributor to many leading periodicals.

He has also written several novels.

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