From The Couple Who Found $11 Million in Gold to The Man Who Found an 8.2 Pound Nugget of Gold here are 11 Most Interesting Things Found In Barns and Backyards
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#6 - Church Bells
The origin of this story actually began 15 years ago when two church bells were stolen from a church in the Czech Republic. For some unknown reason, a thief stole the bells and buried, presumably to retrieve them at a later date. Obviously, for whatever reason, they were never recovered. To all but the thief, the disappearance of the two bells remained a mystery until 2013. In 2013, a man living in the Czech Republic was digging up sections of his backyard to install some pipes for a project when he came across two metal objects during his dig. After struggling to remove the two pieces from the soil, he discovered the metal objects were church bells that were about 400 years old. After some research and help from the local authorities, he found out the two bells he now held in his possession were from a heist back in 2002.
#5 - The Man Who Found $150,000 Worth of Treasure
The man doesn’t wish to be named, but he certainly won the jackpot after discovering over six pounds of intricately designed jewelry in his backyard. The location where the Austrian man found it was in the middle of an important medieval trading route that ran between Poland and Italy. The man came across the pile of treasure back in 2007, when he was digging in his backyard to expand a small pond but, at the time he stashed the find in a box in his basement until he rediscovered it later while moving and turned it into the authorities. The treasure trove consists of more than 200 rings, brooches, belt buckles, gold-plated dishes, and other intricately designed pieces of ornamental jewelry. After being examined by experts, the stash was recorded as being over 650 years old and worth at least $150,000.
#4 - An Ancient Chapel
While celebrating Good Friday, members of the Farla family decided to check out a mysterious metal grate they had seen near a meter-long rectangle outside their house that they had always been curious about. After pulling away enough debris, Gareth Farla, and his uncle, Matthew Lathan were able to squeeze through the small opening and enter the small eerie cement cellar. Upon the discovery, the family checks the house deeds and finds out that it not only dates back over 230 years but it was at some point used as a pub. A historical documents expert, Richard Westwood Brookes says “If the deeds are over 230 years old and the room dates back to the 1700’s, there’s a chance it could have been used as a Catholic hideaway or for other nonconformist religious groups.” It may be a cool part of history, but I wouldn’t be able to sleep if there was such a creepy room in my house.
#3 - A Stable Full of Porsches
In August of 2013, Anglia Car Auctions began selling what was regarded as one of the biggest barn finds of all time. Somewhere in the United Kingdom, one lucky guy stumbled upon a private Porsche collection worth millions of dollars. The private collection had somewhat fallen into disrepair in the time before its discovery, but that hasn’t stopped car collectors from stepping up and claiming one or two of the 200 Porsches found at the site. The cars have been routinely sold in bunches, but things are certainly going well since the first group of 30 cars sold for over $1 million.
#2 - The 1969 Dodge Daytona
This piece of Nascar heritage may not be in the best of conditions, but that doesn’t stop it from being worth anywhere from $150,000 to $180,000 in its battered, rusted glory. The car is one of only 503 ever produced, and this one is believed to only have 20,553 miles and two previous owners. It was found in an abandoned barn in Glenwood, Alabama. The car went on sale at Mecum Auctions.
#1 - The Couple Who Found $11 Million in Gold
Back in 2014, a couple, who wish to remain anonymous, found eight cans of gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree on their property in northern California. The treasure consists of four $5 gold pieces, fifty $10 gold pieces, and 1,373 $20 double eagle coins. The most expensive coin found was a rare 1866-S No Motto $20 gold piece which was valued at more than $1 million. Being called the largest coin discovery in U.S. History, the couple remains hidden to avoid a gold rush of modern-day prospectors on their rural property. The reason why the coins are worth so much money is because the coins date from 1847 to 1894 and experts have said that paper money was illegal in California until the 1870’s, so it is extremely rare to find any coins from before that time period. They may have found a gold mine in their backyard, but the couple only plans to keep a few coins for themselves and use the majority of it to pay off bills and donate what’s left to charity.