Who really put those gold coins on couple
LOS ANGELES, Calif. Word last week that a Northern California couple found $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog has set off a Gold Rush of theories over who left behind all that loot.
One is that Jesse James gang deposited it in hopes of someday financing a second Civil War. Another postulates that the gold originally belonged to gentleman robber Black Bart, who wrote poetry when he wasn sticking up stagecoaches. Mint in San Francisco in 1901. The coins were never recovered. Mint after it was reported by the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday.
The Northern California couple coins are called the Saddle Ridge Hoard after the area of the couple land where they were discovered.
do not have any information linking the Saddle Ridge Hoard coins to any thefts at any United States Mint facility, mint officials said in a statement issued ferragamo Tuesday.
Although Trout acknowledges he can prove his theory, he still thinks he right.
is no real direct proof, but I am getting more research in on this, he told The Associated Press by phone Tuesday from Chile, where he lives part of the year.
Dimmick is said to have spirited six sealed bags each filled with 250 $20 gold pieces out of the mint, where he was the chief cashier.
The Saddle Ridge Hoard contains 1,400 $20 gold pieces, 50 $10 gold pieces and four $5 gold pieces, with a range of dates beginning in 1847 and extending to 1894.
Don Kagin is a rare coin dealer who represents the couple who stumbled upon the coins, which have a face value of about $28,000. He said the San Francisco Mint heist was one of the first possibilities he and his staff checked out.
Even if the mint had coins on hand covering a span of 47 years, which is unlikely, those in the hoard include some so badly worn that they wouldn have been there, said David McCarthy, Kagin chief numismatist.
Another coin, dated 1876, was in such pristine condition that it wouldn have been there either.
doesn have a single marking on it, McCarthy said. coin couldn have sat in a bag in the San Francisco Mint a ferragamo nd looked l ferragamo ike that. It would have had what we call marks all over it. for some of the other theories:
The Jesse James one fails to account for the fact the Missouri outlaw died 12 years before the last coin was struck and was born the year the first one was ferragamo .
Black Bart robbed stages only between 1877 and 1883, when he was caught and sent to prison.
The finders, who have chosen to remain anonymous, have their own theory.
They done some research, Kagin said, and believe their property in California Gold Rush country was occupied at the time by someone in the mining industry. That person must have squirreled away the coins over time.