1848 BRAIDED HAIR 1/2C, RESTRIKE PR66 Brown
RESTRIKE. GEM REDDISH BROWN SURFACES. ONLY 30 STRUCK. GARRETT PEDIGREE. CAC.
In 1848, engineers tasked with creating a suspension bridge over Niagara Falls were met with a problem; how to get the first line across the 800-foot gulf. The chief engineer decided to hold a kite flying competition where the first person able to land a kite on the opposing side of the falls would earn five dollars. The plan was a success and the line was tied to the end of the kite and across the falls. And it was a local boy to claim the five-dollar award. This 1848 half cent recalls the ingenious way the first line of the Niagara Falls suspension bridge was secured.
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