EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Blackbeard Pirate Relics, Gold Found

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Blackbeard Pirate Relics, Gold Found?
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This small disc—found on a shipwreck thought to be the pirate Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge—is actually a silver coin covered with nearly three centuries of mineral buildup, archaeologists said in March 2009.

Build up of this type, known to form only on silver, will be removed by electrolysis.

An x-ray of the coin may have also revealed a picture (right), according to North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources archaeologists.

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—Photograph courtesy Wendy M. Welsh, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
 
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