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Thread: AMAZING! The girlfriend finds horde of silver coins at gold rush 49er site!!!!

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    Apr 2011
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    AMAZING! The girlfriend finds horde of silver coins at gold rush 49er site!!!!

    I still get an adrenaline rush and my heart skips a beat when I think back to what happened last week. My girlfriend and I were at a site in Latin America (sorry can't give the exact country) that was once a rest stop from 1848 to about 1855 for those on their way to and from California for the gold rush. We've detected here before and have found a few coins and relics and even a little gold (a gold nugget and a gold pendant). But this didn't prepare us at all for what was found this time- 147 buried gold rush era silver coins from one hole!

    God only knows why the person who buried it never recovered the coins. Perhaps the owner of a hotel, saloon or other business on the property buried a bag of coins and died before he/she could recover it? Perhaps he /she just forgot where it was buried? Maybe a 49er buried it for safekeeping while lodging at the site and died, whether due to illness or murder? Your mind really starts to get creative after you find a horde like this! I never thought I would witness it happening right before my eyes and I surely never thought my girlfriend would be the one to find it- a cute 20 something Latina who has only been detecting for less than 2 years!

    Anyway, this is how it happened- We were both detecting this spot, located deep in the jungle near an ancient trail used first by the native Americans of the region, then by the conquistadors, and finally by the 49ers for a few short years in the mid-1800s. She had just lost her pin pointer and I was giving her the business for being so careless. However, she then recovered it somehow in the deep foliage, which in itself was a miracle (thank God the new Garrett pin pointers are orange!). Not 10 minutes later she yelled to me that she found a coin. I maneuvered my way to her and she invited me to dig at the same hole as she was getting more signals (yes, I have a GREAT girlfriend ). I subsequently dug up 2 more coins in amazement. Since it was her hole, I dropped my shovel, picked up my phone to start filming and told her to continue. That's where this video picks up. Please excuse the numerous cuss words I use but I was genuinely amazed to be watching this unfold before my eyes. Truly, a once in a lifetime experience. I hope you enjoy watching the video 1/2 as much as I enjoyed watching it happen live.

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  2. #2
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    Find of a lifetime, if your girlfriend was a member that stash may have made it up top.

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    I can't wait til you tell us the inventory of the find. That will tell us something about who lost them.

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    us
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    Boy, is she spoiled now.

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    Apr 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecmjamsit View Post
    I can't wait til you tell us the inventory of the find. That will tell us something about who lost them.
    Took a while to clean and index them. Here are the list of coins by year, type, and # of each in parenthesis.

    1850 -1 franc (11)
    1850 – French 50 cents (32)
    1850 – 2 reales Nueva Granada (1)
    1850 – american dime (1)
    1850 – half american dime (1)
    1849 – 1 franc (41)
    1849 – 2 franc (1)
    1848 – 2 reales Nueva Granada (3)
    1848 – French 50 cents (1)
    1847 – 1 franc (2)
    1847 – French 50 cents (2)
    1846 - French 50 cents (2)
    1846 – 1 franc (2)
    1844 – 1 franc (3)
    1844- England 6 pence (1)
    1842- american dime (1)
    1841- 2 reales popayan (1)
    1840- 1 franc (1)
    1837 – 1 franc (1)
    1837- franc (1)
    1836 – 1 franc (1)
    1834 – 1 franc (4)
    1834 – franc (2)
    1832 – 1 franc (1)
    1832 – franc (1)
    1831 – 1 franc (1)
    1830 – 1 real colombia (1)
    1828- 1 franc (1)
    1827 - 1 franc (1)
    1824 - 1 franc (1)
    1818- 1 real colombia (1)- holed
    1817 – 1 franc (1)
    1816 – 1 franc (1)
    1813 – 1 franc (1)
    1812- 1 franc (2)
    1811- 1 franc (1)
    1809 – 1 franc (1)
    1808- 1 franc (4)
    1806- 1 franc (1)


    11 other unidentified coins or with partial information, 4 of these are holed

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    Sir

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    Good finds. That is what treasure hunting is all about.
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    Lots of francs. Could this have possibly been buried during the French invasion in the 1860s?

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    Oh daaaaaaaaang!!!! Amazing!


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    Holy Hell!! That is amazing!

    Great Haul. I hope you can get some good pics of them cleaned up. I would love to see the whole haul.

    Wow!

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    Apr 2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Pueblo View Post
    Lots of francs. Could this have possibly been buried during the French invasion in the 1860s?
    Our best theory at this point is that the horde was left by a French 49er. A lot of people don't realize that that up to 1/3 of the 49ers were actually non-Americans like French, English and others. Here are a couple of excerpts from the Wiki page on the gold rush:

    ...By 1855, it is estimated at least 300,000 gold-seekers, merchants, and other immigrants had arrived in California from around the world.[46] The largest group continued to be Americans, but there were tens of thousands each of Mexicans, Chinese, Britons, Australians[47] French, and Latin Americans,[48] together with many smaller groups of miners, such as African Americans, Filipinos, Basques[49] and Turks.[50][51]

    ...The gold then left California aboard ships or mules to go to the makers of the goods from around the world. A second path was the Argonauts themselves who, having personally acquired a sufficient amount, sent the gold home, or returned home taking with them their hard-earned "diggings". For example, one estimate is that some US$80 million worth of California gold was sent to France by French prospectors and merchants.[115]


    Also, there is a book written specifically about the French participation in the gold rush: http://truewestmagazine.com/rush-to-...ush-1848-1854/
    Last edited by perdidogringo; Jul 14, 2017 at 11:03 PM.

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    Any photos of the coins after cleaning? That will be a photo for the ages! Congrats

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    Wow,, an unbelievable experience. You and your girlfriend just shared the find of a lifetime. Thank goodness you had enough clarity to get it videotaped.
    Big time congrats to the both of you.
    SOMETIMES I WISH I DIDN'T KNOW NOW ,,, WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW THEN,, Bob Seger

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    "This is a catch"....the real catch may be the digger

    Nice job, that's a day neither of you will ever forget
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    wow! Amazing findS! I look forward to seeing some pics of them cleaned up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cal_Cobra View Post
    "This is a catch"....the real catch may be the digger

    Nice job, that's a day neither of you will ever forget
    I second that about the real catch!
    Amazing finds as well.
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