For years, John and Mary walked daily along the trail at one of their mansions, which they nicknamed Saddle Ridge.
One day, while walking the dog, they noticed an old can covered in dirt. Curious, they brushed off the moss, dug it up with sticks, and carried the burden home.
And that’s all the couple living in California’s gold country discovers a cache of 19th-century US gold coins that rare coin experts say is a treasured treasure. Largest burial ground ever unearthed in the United States.
The coins come in $5, $10 and $20 denominations and come in six cans chronologically. This method of storage indicates that someone used the ground as their personal bank. A coin from as far away as Georgia.
According to David Hall (pictured), co-founder of Santa Ana’s Professional Coin Classification Service, who authenticated the coins, all coins are dated between 1847 and 1894 and are not identified. circulate. Although the face value of the gold pieces is only around $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they can fetch close to $1 million each.
“I don’t want to say once in a lifetime for anything, but you won’t get a chance to deal with this kind of material, a treasure like this one,” said Don Kagin, a professional numerologist. “.
The couple who found the money are trying to remain anonymous. They plan to sell most of the gold on Amazon and use the money to pay bills and silently donate to charities in the area.
According to Kagin, who is representing the couple, another reason for their anonymity is to avoid the rush to pour new gold onto properties of modern day prospectors equipped with metal detectors. “Their concern is that this will change the way people see them and they are quite content with the way they live,” he said.