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California treasure trove makes mint for lucky finders

Published on May 29, 2014 9:59 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A California couple who unearthed a treasure trove on their property are a few million dollars richer after buyers seized on the ancient gold coins sold at auction.

The unnamed couple uncovered eight cans filled with more than 1,400 coins in March, in what is believed to be the most valuable treasure trove ever discovered in the United States.

On Tuesday night they went on sale, and made more than US$1 million (S$1.26 million) within the first hour, said Don Kagin of Kagin's Inc, a firm specialising in ancient coins, which valued the whole horde at US$10 million.

Just on Tuesday sales on online retail giant Amazon's website and Kagin's own site notched nearly US$4 million, Kagin told AFP.

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