A couple from Sierra Nevada, in the United States, discovered several million dollars’ worth of 19th century U.S. gold coins in their backyard recently, after noting the protruding edge of a rusty can poking through the soil. The haul, which will go up for auction soon, constitutes what is thought to be the largest collection of gold coins ever discovered on (or under) American soil.
Having noticed the protruding can while walking the dog on their property in the appropriately named Gold Country, the couple chose to investigate further. After a bout of heavy shoveling, they uncovered what looked like a bunch of soiled gold discs. Some polishing soon revealed that they weren't just discs, but nearly perfectly preserved $20 gold coins, with rare liberty head motifs on their front side, dating back to the 1890s.
As you can imagine, the couple grabbed their shovels and returned to the scene of the discovery on the double. Further digging unearthed another seven cans containing 1,427 coins.
"It was a very surreal moment. It was very hard to believe at first," said the man, in an interview recorded by the rare-coin dealer, Don Kagin, who was consulted by the couple following their discovery. "I thought any second an old miner with a mule was going to appear."
The couple have chosen to keep their identities secret for now. Kagin has taken responsibility for selling the coins on their behalf. The collection is expected to sell for about R100 Million.
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