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Apr 23, 2015 12:53 PM

Finder of rare coin on NH-owned land may not have acted legally


CONCORD - A local treasure hunter who found some old and rare coins buried on the grounds of the state office park may not be heading back there anytime soon.

State officials told the Concord Monitor that private citizens are not allowed to go treasure hunting on state land or waterways without a permit.

Rob Roesch, of Manchester, said he had asked for permission from a security guard that Sunday before uncovering several old coins with a metal detector, including one rare silver half-dollar he said was worth about $100 .

Elizabeth Muzzey, director of the state Division of Historical Resources, said her office does not plan to take legal action against him, or to try to recover the coin. However she did want other treasure hunters to know that using metal detectors on state land is generally not allowed.


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