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    if I were to find a 50 k find of anything no one would ever know of it accept my wife would sell it off bit by bit so as to draw no attention to myself I do not live off grid for no reason do not like the attention
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    Quote Originally Posted by Limitool View Post
    That find (Saddle Ridge Hoard) was handled so stupidly (so says I). Those folks brought on their own grief by ANNOUNCING it to the world.

    LOOKINGHARDER: I agree with you. Keep you mouth shut... SHUT! Especially if a large find is found by you and off your property. Don't tickle the dragon.
    Almost makes you wonder if they were...Advertising for future sales. I wonder if the attention and free advertising paid off in the end? Wonder how much more they were able to pull for some of those coins from the backstory and mystery.

    Was just a thought since it seemed so wrong on how it was handled, almost too wrong, that it was done on purpose.
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    No, wouldn't say a word. How do you go about finding a reputable "fence" to offload the articles you never found?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machkin View Post
    No, wouldn't say a word. How do you go about finding a reputable "fence" to offload the articles you never found?
    Hmmm...When I think of "fence" I think of "stolen" items......"creative sales" broker is for items you don't want anyone to know about, sounds a little less illegal.

    I've never found anything...so I wouldn't know. But I have thought about it a lot! And would like the challenge of "creative sales" brokering if I found a load of gold.

    All joking aside.....It happens daily on some scale. Coins, guns, precious metals,etc, collections. Inherited, hoarded,found,.. there is no shortage of people that buy,sell,trade and there are legal ways of doing it privately. Not hard at all. The only thing that is a problem and illegal is if it's "stolen".
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    I would find it one coin at a time. And then there's the 2 (at a time) I'd sell at coin/pawn shops for about 80% value. You know, the one's Grandad gave me. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lookingharder View Post
    As I sit here waiting for my new knee to heal up, this site has helped me keep my sanity, whats left of it anyway. Iv'e read a lot of threads and post about lost treasures and huge lost gold caches. My question to everyone is, Would you tell anyone if you found one? Me personally, would have to say no. I may be wrong and that's why I'm asking. It would seem to me that if I found a gold cache of $50000 in gold, people and agencies would be coming out of the wood work to claim it. Not that I have found one, this is all speculation. If it was on government land, lets say the in the swamps of South Carolina which is government land that allows public assess, Would the state have a claim to it? If I had written permission to hunt a private 200 acre farm and I found it, wouldn't the land owner has a claim to it? You just don't see or read much about these kinds of finds like you do ship wrecked where there are salvage rights and such. I have to believe that there are hundreds of large treasures to be found just from the stories of the lost Civil War payrolls. The old Treasure Hunter magazines where full of stories like this but I haven't heard of anything being found for years. I curious to see what the general consensus is on the subject.


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    If I remember correctly it was 2016 that some boys stumbled upon some gold over in Germany. They did the right thing and contacted the authorities to find the owner. They were modern bars, so really it was kind of obvious they had an owner.

    About a year later a guy came forward that could prove they were his. He said he messed up by being in a hurry and not hiding them deeply and better. Hopefully he rewarded the kids.

    I know some places in the states have statuatory time limits of like 30 days or 6 months for the proper owner to come forward after you report it to authorities...if they do not then you get to keep it and the new tax bill free of guilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Machkin View Post
    No, wouldn't say a word. How do you go about finding a reputable "fence" to offload the articles you never found?
    If you know them, most Coin Dealers will purchase coins and sometimes other items without question. Even the one's that do ask, you can give them any story you want but the truth and make sure that you only sell off a few at a time. Also, at Coin Shows, you will likely find some Coin Dealers or Gold/Silver Buyers that will purchase from you without question. I know quite a few Con Dealers that have made it clear that if I stumble upon a large collection being sold and need the money to purchase it as long as it is a great deal, they can front me up to one million dollars and possibly more. They care less where the collection came from and I get paid 10 to 20% of the value of the collection for being the middle man.
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    FYI, per German law you get a 3-5% finder's fee for doing the right thing with modern "treasures" found so to speak. Artifact Treasures are a whole different game. My 3-5% source regarding a different find is cited here in German...https://www.abendblatt.de/vermischte...inem-Baum.html
    Last edited by Overseas; Feb 13, 2018 at 09:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitric View Post
    Almost makes you wonder if they were...Advertising for future sales. I wonder if the attention and free advertising paid off in the end? Wonder how much more they were able to pull for some of those coins from the backstory and mystery.

    Was just a thought since it seemed so wrong on how it was handled, almost too wrong, that it was done on purpose.
    NO... They absolutely were THAT STUPID! They didn't research the possibilities of announcing their find. They just thought they'd be glorified for finding it... not held accountable for taxes.
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    Be smart and honest, sell your treasures through coins auctions and pay your state and federal income taxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingskid1611 View Post
    I never tell what kind of treasure I find.....I don't want to meet all them relatives that I didn't know I have......
    I, too, can't recall posting any finds.-------------------Ugh,well, maybe nails, bullets, and pull tabs, but nothing valuable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lookingharder View Post
    ...I have to believe that there are hundreds of large treasures to be found just from the stories of the lost Civil War payrolls. The old Treasure Hunter magazines where full of stories like this but I haven't heard of anything being found for years. I curious to see what the general consensus is on the subject.
    Most of those lost Civil War paymaster gold stories are just that, stories.
    While Confederate paymasters did carry small amounts of gold coin for officers pay, the soldiers on both sides were paid mostly in script, if paid at all.

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    I probably wouldn't say anything, but it would depend on how big it was. On the other hand, I really doubt I'll hit the MD jackpot. Most of these huge caches seem to be long gone. Not all. Who knows.
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