Rare coins stolen from museum

Southold Historical Society

By Julie Lane - Suffolk Times

Rare Spanish coins were stolen from the nautical museum inside Southold's historic Horton Point Lighthouse on Saturday during the East End Lighthouses' Long Island Challenge, police said.

Valued at about $1,800, the 20 silver coins and two copper bits were taken from an unlocked display case inside the 152-year-old lighthouse. The coins, which date back to between 1751 and 1782, were found in an unidentified shipwreck in 1994 off the coast, near the lighthouse.

Officials said 239 people came to Horton Point during the Saturday event, in which visitors are challenged to tour as many of the area's lighthouses as possible in two days.

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