In 1996 Julie Howard found an 1850 One Cent piece in Howard Street (I had just graded the road a few weeks earlier). That coin is pictured on the left in the two photos below.
In 1993 she found the other coin (we are not able to identify it, but we think it might be a large copper penny) on the beach just north of the Pony Pen.
Keep your eyes open. Who knows, you might be the latest lucky person to find a piece of Ocracoke history.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Rondthalers of Ocracoke Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news032112.htm.