WARRENSBURG Local treasure hunter Lawrence Burdick recently unearthed a 100 year-old medallion commemorating the centennial of Warren County in 1913 — and he has donated it to the Warrensburg town museum so all citizens can enjoy it, he said this week.
“This medallion is an important artifact of the history of both the county and town,” Burdick said. “It now belongs to the citizens of Warrensburg.“
Burdick, who has experience in unearthing artifacts here and in Florida, gave the medallion to the town historian, and it’s now included in the bicentennial collection of the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, along with two other similar coins.
The town of Warrensburg was formed the same year as Warren County — in 1813.
Issued in 1813, the medallion is the size of a silver dollar, and it bears an impression of Revolutionary War hero General Joseph Warren on the front. On the back of the coin, presumed to be bronze, is engraved the slogan “Warren County centennial, 1813-1913.”
Warrensburg Historian Sandi Parisi said the gift of the medallion was particularly appropriate this year, considering the dual bicentennial of the town and county.
“It’s a wonderful gift and we greatly appreciate it,” she said.
Burdick found the medallion, presumably worn as a pendant, when he was sweeping a yard near the Warrensburg Post office with a metal detector. It was buried about two feet deep in the soil.
Burdick, a local resident since 2003, has been treasure hunting for more than 30 years, he said, noting he has in the past found gold rings and wedding bands around Lake George. When he finds artifacts with identification, he makes efforts to return them to their owners, he said.
In Echo Lake in Warrensburg, Burdick has found a rare .44 caliber bullet shell from the 1800s, he said. Diving off the Florida coast or in Cancun, Burdick has found shards of pottery and various jewelry items.
Steve Parisi, director of the Warrensburgh Museum of Local History, said the town museum has two other similar medallions, one donated in 2012 by Charles “Chuck” Wheeler, and the other donated the same year by Henry Moulton of Johnsburg. About the latter pendant, Parisi said that Moulton’s mother Annice Carolyn Beadnell of Thurman had the medallion presented to her because 1913 was her birth year — and it was passed on to her son.