Wouldn’t you like to wake up one morning to find almost 1,500 gold coins hidden in your backyard?
That’s what happened to a Northern California couple who found a cache of buried treasure worth about $10 million dollars on their property last spring.
The pair stumbled onto more than 1,400 rare U.S. gold coins—stored in decaying metal cans and minted between 1847 and 1894—while they were taking their dog on a daily walk. According to one expert, some of the rarest coins in the collection could fetch as much as $1 million apiece.
It might be the most valuable hoard of gold coins ever unearthed in North America, according to veteran numismatist Don Kagin. “This family literally found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” he said.
The lucky couple wants to remain anonymous and will sell most of the cache, CBS reports. As for who hid the gold pieces in the first place, that’s still unclear. The containers were scattered across the property at different depths, suggesting they were buried at different times.
New Mexico treasure hunters, take heart. There might be a similar hoard buried somewhere in Santa Fe.