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America's 'oldest' time capsule was opened - here's what was inside

Clue: old stuff.

IT DATES BACK to 1795, and has been dubbed the oldest time capsule in America.

Last night, a museum in Boston re-opened the relic, last seen over a century and a half ago.

1795 Time Capsule Museum of Fine Arts Boston Head of Objects Conservation Pam Hatchfield displays a silver plaque removed from a time capsule at the museum. Source: AP/Press Association Images

The Museum of Fine Arts in the northeastern city opened the time capsule at a press conference at 6pm local time.

It was originally placed under the State House cornerstone in 1795 by then governor Samuel Adams, one of the founding fathers of the United States, and American Revolution patriot Paul Revere.

1795 Time Capsule Pam Hatchfield displays a coin as she removes it from a time capsule at the museum. Source: AP/Press Association Images

It was a custom of the time thought to bring good luck.

The capsule, together with miscellaneous coins and newspapers, was removed last month, weighed and x-rayed, officials said.

It last had been unearthed in 1855, when its contents were documented and cleaned.

1795 Time Capsule Source: AP/Press Association Images

Additional items were added before it was plastered into the underside of a massive granite cornerstone.

The museum says the capsule — a bit smaller than a cigar box — weighs 10 pounds (4.5 kilos) and measures 5.5 inches (14 cm) by 7.5 inches by 1.5 inches.

1795 Time Capsule Museum of Fine Arts Boston Head of Objects Conservation Pam Hatchfield removes a metal lid from the capsule. Source: AP/Press Association Images

It contains silver and copper coins dating from 1652 and 1855, an engraved silver plate, a copper medal depicting George Washington, newspapers, cards, the seal of the commonwealth and a title page from the Massachusetts colony records.

© – AFP 2015

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