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In the Corner with Dan Hughes

Mar 14, 2014

The largest treasure hoard ever found was discovered by accident by an anonymous couple in California. While walking their dog, they saw a piece of metal sticking out of the ground. 

After some scraping with a stick, they unearthed this metal can containing 170 gold pieces.  More digging and seven cans later, their trove was worth ten million dollars.

Where did it come from? 

Was it stolen loot from a stagecoach or bank? 

Was it buried by a rich but eccentric miser? 

Can they keep it all?  Can they keep ANY of it?

And why did they wait a year to report it?

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Adam P. Dyndul
almost five years ago

I am just wondering if anyone has done a diagnostic study of the cans? The cans look like they may be product or industry specific. Also, during what time period were these types of cans used? This analysis could help identify the party that used them for the coins.

James Bizzell
over five years ago

Finders Keepers, losers weepers! Dan, you brought up some good questions. Those questions are exactly why if I was to find something like this, I know it would be difficult to keep my mouth shut, but that is what I would try to do. I would find a way to turn it into cash a little at a time. It is certain that the government needs to keep it's hands out of this, but they won't. The people that found the cache will end up big losers and that is just not right.