History nerds, rejoice! The oldest time capsule in the United States was opened this week, and you’re about to learn what was in it.
The capsule — a 10-pound brass box — was found in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House. It was placed there by Paul Revere and Samuel Adams back in 1795.
The time capsule was unearthed in December during a process that took seven hours. According to CNN, before the capsule was opened this week, it took more than four hours for officials to loosen the screws that were holding it shut.
Vox.com says the centuries-old treasures inside the capsule were:
- 23 coins (one dating as far back as 1652)
- A page from the Massachusetts Colony Records
- The seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
- Five newspapers
- An engraved plate commemorating the building, which could’ve been made by Revere
- A medal depicting George Washington
This wasn’t the first time the capsule had been opened, however. To learn more about the history of the capsule itself, go here.