The Crazy True History of the Saddle Ridge Gold Coins

March 3, 2014 in Antique Coins, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Treasure, USA Coins

By: Lance Ulanoff.  Feb, 28th, 2014 (

The “Saddle Ridge Treasure” is what many are calling the now-historic discovery of $10 million worth of gold coins buried in decaying tin cans on the property of one very lucky — and anonymous — California couple.

These 1,427 Liberty head coins were minted between 1855 and 1894, and were actually discovered a year ago in eight canisters dotting the couple’s Northern California property. The 19th century coinage has since been authenticated by Kagin’s, a California-based agency that authenticates U.S. currency, and the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Next week, a sampling of the coins will go on display at the American Numismatic Association National (ANA) Money Show in Atlanta.

As people look over the plastic-encased coins, each with a special gold-colored “Saddle Ridge Hoard” PCGS certification foil, they may wonder where such a hoard came from.

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