Tuesday, October 20, 2009

U.S.Treasure Caches Still Being Found (Part 1)


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The Answer is Yes

One recurring question I receive via e-mail from many readers of "Treasure Trove Dreams" concerns whether treasure caches are still being found in the United States. My answer is a resounding "Yes!"

First, allow me to qualify this response. If you are wondering whether these caches are big ones worth many millions of dollars like the late, great Mel Fisher's finding of the Spanish treasure ship "Nuestra Senora de la Atocha" off the Florida Keys then I'd have to say no. Those sorts of finds are mostly once-in-a-lifetime events.

What are being found however, are many small and medium-sized treasure caches ranging in value from a few thousand dollars on up to 5 figures. Like their bigger (and richer) treasure trove cousins, finding and recovering these sorts of caches typically requires a good lead up front, thorough research, and a a great deal of patience, persistence, and perseverance.

Certain Details Omitted

Listed below are a just a few of the caches that have been found over the past 10 years by treasure hunting friends, acquaintances, and/or associates. I've omitted certain details about each cache to protect the privacy of these individuals and to avoid "giving up" their exact recovery locations.

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Also take heed that none of these successful treasure hunters "broadcasted" their finds to the general public nor did they deliberately identify themselves in order to brag about their successes in online treasure forums. (Note: There's a message here for those of you willing to learn it.... J.R.).

Recovered Caches

A small hoard of crudely cast silver ingots (each weighing about 50 troy ounces) was found by a treasure hunter using a metal detector in an old mining district in California's Mojave Desert region in 1999. Thorough research of old mining records and personal accounts going back to the turn of the century were fundamental in enabling this particular treasure hunter to track down leads and locate this trove. Estimated value at today's prices: $7,500-$10,000.

Over 200 silver dollars and at least two dozen gold coins buried in old glass preserve jars (Note: Mason-type jars. J.R.) were unearthed on the grounds of an old home site in 2001 in one of the Southeastern states. Most of the coins (including a few rare mint types) were dated from the early 1870s on up to the mid-1880s and many were in nearly uncirculated condition. The treasure hunter who recovered this trove first learned about its possible existence from an elderly relative. He then researched personal diaries and letters from former property owners. Estimated numismatic value: $25,000-$35,000.

Six and a half troy ounces of placer gold nuggets and coarse flakes were recovered in 2002 from a 1930s-era lard tin buried near the fireplace of the ruins of an old cabin in California's Northern Motherlode region. The site once housed a small community of miners trying to eke out a living during the Great Depression. The lucky treasure hunter who recovered this trove of precious metal was using his metal detector to search for historic artifacts at the time. Estimated value at today's prices: $6,000-$8,500 (Note: A higher price would be realized if the nuggets were sold individually. J.R.).

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So there you have it. In my next post on this subject I'll include 3 more U.S. treasure trove recoveries for you to ponder.

Meanwhile, good hunting to you!

If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Treasure in Arizona: $300,000 in Buried Gold (Conclusion)"


(c) J.R. 2009

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