CALIFORNIA – A husband and wife are reveling in their good fortune after finding $10 million in rare gold coins buried on their property in Northern California.
The gold country discovery is thought to be the largest of its kind in U.S. history, according to David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, which authenticated the find.
“It’s quite a story. People were walking along on their property in Northern California, noticed something, began digging and they found cans of gold coins,” Hall said.
The coins were unearthed in February 2013 by the husband and wife, who wish to remain anonymous.
They were walking their dog when they spotted something shiny on the ground.
The couple dug and eventually discovered eight metal cans, containing more than 1,400 gold coins.
No one knows how they got there, or whom the coins might have belonged to.
The coins, in $5, $10 and $20 denominations, date from 1847 to 1894. Most were minted in San Francisco.
They have a combined face value of about $27,000, but experts believe they could fetch $10 million or more.