Collector Discovers Historic Copy of Declaration of Independence, Rare Find Produced In 1830s

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Only 201 Copies Ever Printed

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A Las Vegas collector is marking the Fourth of July with a rare find he stumbled upon–a copy of the Declaration of Independence produced in the 1830s. (Fox 5 Image)

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (FOX 5) – A Las Vegas collector is marking the Fourth of July with a rare find he stumbled upon–a copy of the Declaration of Independence produced in the 1830s.

An engraver made 201 facsimiles of the original Declaration of Independence in 1823 using a copper plate. Kevin Kostiner recently discovered that he has a reproduction of one of those facsimiles.

“It’s wonderful to see it,” Mark Hall-Patton, a Las Vegas museums administrator told Fox5 Las Vegas. “You don’t see these (copies) of the original 201 that were printed.”

What Kostiner purchased at an auction for $75 may be worth $35,000, the station reported.

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