Last week, Opposing Views reported on the California couple that discovered $10 million in gold coins in cans underneath a tree. Now, reports claim that the coins found may actually have been stolen from the US Mint in 1900 and, unfortunately for the couple, would therefore be property of the government.
Experts were able to determine that the coins may have been stolen in the heist because of the fact that they were in mint condition and because they were, at face value, worth $27,000.
Another contributing factor to the theory is that an 1866 $20 gold piece that does not have the words “In God We Trust” inscribed on it was found by the couple with the lot, and that unique coin went missing after the heist.
“This was someone’s private coin, created by the mint manager or someone with access to the inner workings of the Old Granite Lady (San Francisco Mint),” said coin collector Jack Trout. “It was likely created in revenge for the assassination of Lincoln the previous year (April 14, 1865). I don’t believe that coin ever left The Mint until the robbery. For it to show up as part of the treasure find links it directly to that inside job at the turn of the century at the San Francisco Mint.”
If the coins turn out to be property of the government, the couple may not be able to keep the coins and would then likely not get any money from them. Some reports say that they may, however, get a finder’s fee from the government.