While digging in his corn field, a man from Kentucky (USA) discovered more than 700 rare pieces from the Civil War era.
The discovery that was called ‘the great treasure of Kentucky’, includes hundreds of American gold coins, as well as several silver coins, dated between 1840 and 1863.
The coins were accidentally discovered buried in a cornfield. Credit: GovMint.
“It’s the craziest thing I’ve ever seen: it’s all $1 gold coins, $20 gold coins, $10 gold coins,” he said. man, whose identity has not been revealed, in a video that shows your findings.
Numismatic Guaranty Co. (NGC)who certified the authenticity of the coins and GovMinta parts retailer based in Minnesota (USA), has confirmed that the 19th century coin hoard consisted of 95% gold dollars, 20 $10 Liberty coins, eight $20 Liberty coins, and 18 1863-P 20 dollar 1 oz gold coins.
The Liberty coins, which are the rarest in the collection and are estimated to sell for over $100,000 at auction.
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As the NGC website explains, the $20 Liberty coin, which circulated between 1850 and 1907, was minted after the discovery of gold in California. these parts they are all the more rare as they do not bear the inscription “In God We Trust”which was added in 1866, at the end of the Civil War.
Ryan McNutt, an archaeologist at Georgia Southern University, explained that “given the time period and the location in the neutral state of Kentucky at the time, it is possible that this deposit was buried before the raid of [el general confederado] john chase morganin June and July 1863”.
Most of the coins found are quite rare. Credit: NGC.
Many wealthy Kentuckians are believed to have buried large sums of money to keep it out of reach of The Confederation. These sums are mentioned in certain letters of the time, but they have never been found.
References: Live Science.
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