Grandpa’s campfire stories… Great legends of treasure hunts… Adventure… Suspense…
There is nothing quite like the rush we get from a good story – except maybe the rush we get from the chance of finding a fortune!
Just like the stories below, sometimes all you need to find that rush is a little luck:
Striking Gold 150 Years After the Gold Rush
In 2003, the “Nevada Appeal” wrote about a local resident’s unprecedented find: A Carson City-minted 1870 gold coin. He spotted it while walking his dog in the hills near Virginia City, NV. The coin had a value in the five figures – talk about a striking gold!
Why would such a coin be in Nevada? Prospectors and pioneers traveling through Nevada often lived in primitive, temporary abodes. To protect their wealth, they sometimes buried it. And the value of the coin also comes from its rarity; Carson City, NV only minted currency for a few years and many of the early coins were worn out from constant usage in the Wild West.
Buried Treasure in California
A couple in Northern California unearthed a $10 million windfall – known as The Saddle Ridge Hoard – on their property in 2013. The pair was walking the dog when they spied something shiny. A little digging revealed eight metal cans containing over 1,400 rare gold coins.
The coins were dated between 1847 and 1894 and most were minted in San Francisco, CA. The collection, made up mostly of Double Eagles, is the largest known discovery of rare coins in the United States.
And the best part? The lucky couple decided to donate much of their windfall to local charities.
New England Potato Field Windfall
In 1991, a woman was sweeping her metal detector in a Long Island potato field when she came across an extremely rare 1652 New England sixpence. The coin was one of the very first coins to every be minted in the (future) United States.
The Massachusetts Bay Colony commissioned the original design, which was very simple – just NE on the front side and the Roman numeral VI on the back side. Since it was so easy to counterfeit, the design was soon altered to be more complex.
The found coin was eventually sold at auction for over $430,000.
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