In William Clayton’s journal on May 22, 1847 he describes the fact that the pioneers ran into bones. What kind of bones were they?
a. 50 cents
I now determined to go to Missouri. So in the spring of 1837, I made shift to get a horse and wagon and started; my whole fortune being a 50-cent piece and our needful clothing. The very first day out the singletree broke, and I had to pay a part of the 50 cents to have it repaired. The landlord where I stopped challenged the genuineness of the piece of silver, and struck it with a hammer expecting to see it fly to pieces. After seeing that he ruined the coin, he refused to give me the change due.
The autobiography of Truman O. Angell, http://www.boap.org/