Sparta family gives ancient coins, bone relics

January 12, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Bronze Coins, Byzantine Coins, Copper Coins, Roman Coins, World Coins

JAN 9, 2013 (

SPARTA — The Diaz Family of Sparta once again made their annual donations of ancient coins and a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton bone reliquary.

The family has been donating relics to local Catholic churches and schools for the past 17 years. The relics are family heirlooms, collected since the 1970s. The donations traditionally coincide with the anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first North American born Saint, on Jan. 4 1821.

This year, the recipients were St. Therese Catholic Church and School in Succasunna and St. Joseph Regional School in Newton.

“The bone reliquary and two ancient coin collections were lovingly gifted to St. Therese Catholic Church and School and to St. Joseph’s Catholic School in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Fausto and Emilia Diaz, the 26 shooting victims of Newtown, Conn. and for all American and Allied servicemen killed, wounded or missing in action,” said Angel Diaz, representing himself and his family, Bozena, Elizabeth and Sophia.

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