The couple were walking on their property in Sierra Nevada when they noticed a decaying canister sticking up from the ground. They eventually discovered eight cans in all, filled with more than a thousand gold coins, holding a face value of $27,980.
According to "American Coin Treasures and Hoards," the bible of buried treasure finds, the biggest hoard of gold coins dug up before Saddle Ridge was a collection found by construction workers in Jackson, Tenn., in 1985. It had a face value of $4,500 and sold for $1 million.
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