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Happy Birthday, Albany – New York State Capitol Became a City Today in 1686

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Today we honor the city of Albany on the anniversary of being chartered as a city.  Albany became a city on June 22, 1686.  The document that created Albany, called the Dongan Charter, is considred the oldest city charter still in effect in the United States.

The charter that created Albany was considered so important that the US Mint created a special commemorative half-dollar coin in 1936 to mark the 250th anniversary of the creation of the city that became New York State capitol.  The coin, shown above, has a face value of just 50 cents but today is valued at several hundred dollars.

Have you ever seen the Albany Charter coin? If you happen to have one laying around, they go for quite a bit of money on Ebay.

Read the text of the Dongan Charter.

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