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A find for any lad to treasure

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:28 03 March 2010

THE discovery of a 125-year-old Peruvian coin brought echoes of old smuggling days back to the Shotley Peninsula.

Builders renovating a derelict shop in Chelmondiston unearthed the coin as they were clearing away a path and handed it over to eight-year-old Christopher Corban, whose family live opposite the site.

THE discovery of a 125-year-old Peruvian coin brought echoes of old smuggling days back to the Shotley Peninsula.

Builders renovating a derelict shop in Chelmondiston unearthed the coin as they were clearing away a path and handed it over to eight-year-old Christopher Corban, whose family live opposite the site.

The coin is dated 1876 and says Republica Peruana on one side and Dos Centavos on the other.

The Orwell estuary was once a haven for smugglers – and the background to Suffolk's legendary love story of Margaret Catchpole, the high-spirited farmer's daughter who fell for the rogue Will Laud.

Later many seafarers must have passed through the village in the days when Pinmill was a staging post for Ipswich Port.

The shop on Main Road was once a cobblers and a bicycle repair store before becoming an art gallery in the 1980s and later falling into disrepair.

It is now being converted into a holiday home for the owner.

In addition to the coin, clay pipes were among the other interesting finds at the site.

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