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Decoder Coin


Pass secret messages like a Revolutionary War spy! Use the included instructions to learn how to send coded messages on this brushed copper coin.

While Newport was home to several patriotic heroes during the Revolutionary War, it was also home to a British Spy. Newport resident Metcalf Bowler was a vocal supporter of the Revolution in the years leading up to 1775, joining the local Sons of Liberty and even acting as a delegate to the First Stamp Act Congress. Four days into the British Invasion of Newport, however, he offered his services as a spy to the British Army. Bowler was a largely ineffective spy, however, and never passed on valuable information to the British.