(Johnson-Matthey 100-troy ounce silver bars.)
Once again, treasures can be a lot closer than you might think. Here's a classic example of what I'm talking about:
A Stash of Silver Bars
A Rupert, Idaho couple struck a silver lode while renovating their home in the late fall of 2010. No, this wasn't a rich vein of silver running through their property, but a stash of 100-troy ounce Johnson-Matthey .999 silver bars stuffed inside a length of capped PVC pipe and buried 4 feet down in the ground just outside one of the house's windows. Total value of the silver hoard at 2010 prices? Around $46,000 give or take a few bucks. I'm sure that James and Brytten Sievers (the finders) were a couple of happy campers...their home renovation costs were more than covered by this backyard treasure trove.
Many Small Finds Go Unnoticed
Up to this point I've been passing on true-life accounts of more substantial backyard treasure finds. But many smaller backyard treasure finds in the United States and elsewhere go unnoticed. What sort of treasure finds? Small backyard treasures like these that I am personally familiar with:
- Gold wedding band and engagement ring with large diamond
- Wooden cigar box wrapped in plastic containing old pennies and silver coins
- Men's white gold ring with 1.27 carat diamond
- Large-link 14-kt. gold chain with gold medallion
- Old Mason jar filled with collectible tokens and silver coins
- Columbian Exposition silver commemorative half dollar
(Columbian Exposition commemorative half dollar.)
Unique and Valuable Finds
I'm sure those of you who are experienced coin and relic hunters have swung your metal detectors over many a front yard, backyard, or abandoned property and have plenty of tales to tell about your finds. Undoubtedly, some of those finds were unique and valuable as well.
If you haven't already checked your own backyard, maybe it's time to break out that detector and see what's there. Sometimes the best treasures are closer than you think.
Good hunting to one and all.
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "U.S. Treasure Caches Still Being Found (Part 1)"
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2011
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