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California couple strike gold with treasure trove find

Published on Feb 26, 2014 10:08 AM
 
Cans containing 19th century gold coins are shown in this undated handout photo courtesy of Kagin's Inc. A California couple out walking their dog struck it rich by unearthing a horde of buried gold coins, worth more than US$10 million (S$12.6 million) according to experts. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A California couple out walking their dog struck it rich by unearthing a horde of buried gold coins, worth more than US$10 million (S$12.6 million) according to experts.

The so-called Saddle Ridge find is believed to be the most valuable treasure trove ever discovered in the United States, according to Kagin's Inc, which specialises in ancient gold coins.

The couple, named only as John and Mary, spotted a partially buried can jutting out of the ground - and after further digging found seven more, with more than 1,400 gold coins.

"This family literally found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow," said company boss Donald Kagin, adding that most of the coins date from the late 19th century.

 
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