Oct 152012


Help us list the many things that make Bethany Beach and its surrounding towns (Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millville, etc.) a great place to be – from “A” to “Z”!

We would love to have as many entries as possible for each letter, so feel free to add to our list by leaving a reply in our comments section (click on the top right link to add comments).

marks the spot in this version of the A to Z’s! treasure hunting has long been coastline tradition along every coast in the U.S and here in the Bethany-Fenwick area, it’s no different!

Coin Beach is a small strand of sand between Dewey beach and Fenwick Island, believed to exist due to the sinking of the Faithful Steward.

Over the years, 18th century corroded copper coins dating from 1766 to 1782 with King George image have washed a shore.

The Seashell Shop reveals some details:

“It was May 20, 1785 that the Faithful Steward set sail from Londonderry, Ireland. It was filled with valuable cargo and 249 passengers. It to is believed to have given the beach some of its precious cargo and coins. Rumors spread quickly that the passengers on the faithful Steward were affluent Also that the ship carried a secret cargo of a half million British pounds in gold.

Some of the coins found have been silver Spanish reales and pillar dollar gold English Rose Guineas but most are copper pennies. Even today there are reports of finding such coin treasures even silver and gold coins after a storm.”

While many consider the area just north of the Indian River Inlet to be the hub of Coin Beach, there have been findings further south through Fenwick Island as well. Serious treasure hunters will want to explore the full area of Coin Beach as to avoid missing out on a potential lucrative find!

Not a hunter, but like to hear about the exploits of hunters in the area’s history, the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island is for you! The DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum is an ever-changing exhibit that continuously updates with new artifacts added as they are recovered. The museum’s collection is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic and contains shipwreck artifacts both regional and worldwide.

Ever scoured Coin Beach? Have an interesting find to report? Start a conversation in the comments thread by visiting the link to the top right of this post!

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