옛 금화 100억대 발견 대박 횡재, 땅 좀 파볼까 ?

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2014. 2. 26.

"금봤다" 중년부부 산책도중 100억원대 금화 발견 '대박'

 

미국 서부 개척시대, ‘노다지를 꿈꾸며 캘리포니아 주 골드 컨트리로 몰려왔던 이들이 상상하던 일이 현실로 일어났다. 한 미국인 부부가 집 뒷뜰을 산책하던 중 우연히 19세기 것으로 추정되는 금화를 발견해 100억원 넘는 돈벼락을 맞는 행운을 거머쥐게 됐다.

 

미국 시사주간 타임지는 25(현지시간) 인터넷판을 통해 이 같은 사연을 소개하며 현대판 대박’(modern-day bonanza)이 터졌다고 전했다.

 

보도에 따르면 캘리포니아 골드 컨트리에 거주하는 이 부부는 지난해 2월 애완견을 데리고 집 뒷마당을 산책하던 도중 우연히 나무 밑에 묻혀있던 녹슨 깡통 속에서 금화 무더기를 발견했다.

 

발견된 금화는 18471894년 사이에 주조된 것으로 총 1427개가 묻혀 있었다. 지금까지 미국에서 발굴된 금화 중 제일 많은 개수의 동전이 한꺼번에 발견된 것이다.

 

이 중 1373개는 20달러짜리 동전이었으며, 그 외에 10달러짜리와 5달러짜리 동전이 각각 50, 4개가 있었던 것으로 밝혀졌다. 표시된 금액을 더하면 모두 27980달러(3000만원).

 

 

하지만 전문가들의 감정 결과, 금화의 가치는 최소 1000만달러(107억원)에 달하는 것으로 나타났다.

 

감정사 측은 깨끗한 보존 상태 덕분에 감정가가 올라갔다고 설명했다. 실제로 발견된 금화 3분의 1 가량은 유통조차 되지 않았으며, 나머지도 주조 직후 깨끗한 상태를 유지하고 있었던 것으로 전해졌다.

 

특히 캘리포니아 주 정부가 1870년대까지 지폐 사용을 금지했기 때문에 이처럼 상태가 좋은 동전을 발견하는 것은 희귀한 일이라고 감정사는 설명했다.

 

 

골드 러시의 꿈을 이루게 된 부부는 이 금화 대부분을 인터넷 전자상거래 사이트인 아마존을 통해 판매할 계획이다. 수익금은 빚을 갚거나 지방 자선단체에 기부할 것으로 알려졌다.

 

이들의 대리인을 맡고 있는 미국 유명 화폐 수집가 도널드 케이진은 이 행운의 주인공은 중년의 부부이며, 골드 컨트리에서 수년 간 거주했다고 밝혔다.

 

케이진은 묻혀진 보물을 발견했다는 서부 이야기를 들어도 환상이라고만 생각했겠지만 이것이 현실로 일어났다대부분이 새 것 같은 상태를 유지하고 있는 것도 믿을 수 없는 일이라고 전했다.

 

한편 지금까지 미국에서 발굴된 금화 중 최다 기록은 지난 1985년 테네시 주 잭슨에서 총 4500달러 어치 금화를 발견한 건설 노동자들이 갖고 있다. 이 금화들은 이후 총 100만달러에 팔렸다.

 

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Couple stumbles upon $10 million in rare coins

 

미국 캘리포니아주의 한 동전 평가 전문회사에 25일(현지시간) 금화가 전시되어 있다.
 
David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, poses with some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins, at his office in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across the modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said Hall, who recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
  
This image provided by the Saddle Ridge Hoard discoverers via Kagin's, Inc., shows one of the six decaying metal canisters filled with 1800s-era U.S. gold coins unearthed in California by two people who want to remain anonymous. The value of the "Saddle Ridge Hoard" treasure trove is estimated at $10 million or more.
 
 
This image provided by the Saddle Ridge Hoard discoverers via Kagin's, Inc., shows one of the six decaying metal canisters filled with 1800s-era U.S. gold coins unearthed in California by two people who want to remain anonymous. The value of the "Saddle Ridge Hoard" treasure trove is estimated at $10 million or more.
 
This image provided by the Saddle Ridge Hoard discoverers via Kagin's, Inc., shows one of the 1800s-era U.S. gold coins unearthed in California by two people who want to remain anonymous. The value of the "Saddle Ridge Hoard" treasure trove is estimated at $10 million or more.
 
David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, poses with some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins, at his office in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across the modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said Hall, who recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.
 
 
Some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins are displayed at Professional Coin Grading Service in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across the modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, who recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.
 
Some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins are displayed at Professional Coin Grading Service in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across the modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, who recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.
 
Four of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins are displayed at Professional Coin Grading Service in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across the modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, who recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.
  

Some of 1,427 Gold-Rush era U.S. gold coins are displayed at Professional Coin Grading Service in Santa Ana, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. A California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across the modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service, who recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.

 

 couple strike $10 million gold-coin bonanza

 

Published: Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 5:23 PM ET

 

A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.  

 

Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which recently authenticated them. Although the face value of the gold pieces only adds up to about $27,000, some of them are so rare that coin experts say they could fetch nearly $1 million apiece.  

 

"I don't like to say once-in-a-lifetime for anything, but you don't get an opportunity to handle this kind of material, a treasure like this, ever," said veteran numismatist Don Kagin, who is representing the finders. "It's like they found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."

 

 

Saddle Ridge Hoard discoverers via Kagin's, Inc. | AP

 

One of the six decaying metal canisters filled with 1800s-era U.S. gold coins unearthed in California by two people who want to remain anonymous.

 

Kagin, whose family has been in the rare-coin business for 81 years, would say little about the couple other than that they are husband and wife, are middle-aged and have lived for several years on the rural property in California's Gold Country, where the coins were found. They have no idea who put them there, he said.  

 

The pair are choosing to remain anonymous, Kagin said, in part to avoid a renewed gold rush to their property by modern-day prospectors armed with metal detectors.  

 

They also don't want to be treated any differently, said David McCarthy, chief numismatist for Kagin of Tiburon.

"Their concern was this would change the way everyone else would look at them, and they're pretty happy with the lifestyle they have today," he said.  

 

They plan to put most of the coins up for sale through Amazon while holding onto a few keepsakes. They'll use the money to pay off bills and quietly donate to local charities, Kagin said.

Before they sell them, they are loaning some to the American Numismatic Association for its National Money Show, which opens Thursday in Atlanta.  

 

(Watch: The business of minting gold coins)  

 

What makes their find particularly valuable, McCarthy said, is that almost all of the coins are in near-perfect condition. That means that whoever put them into the ground likely socked them away as soon as they were put into circulation.

Because paper money was illegal in California until the 1870s, he added, it's extremely rare to find any coins from before that of such high quality.  

 

"It wasn't really until the 1880s that you start seeing coins struck in California that were kept in real high grades of preservation," he said.  

 

The coins, in $5, $10 and $20 denominations, were stored more or less in chronological order in six cans, McCarthy said, with the 1840s and 1850s pieces going into one can until it was filed, then new coins going into the next one and the next one after that. The dates and the method indicated that whoever put them there was using the ground as their personal bank and that they weren't swooped up all at once in a robbery.  

 

Although most of the coins were minted in San Francisco, one $5 gold piece came from as far away as Georgia.

Kagin and McCarthy would say little about the couple's property or its ownership history, other than it's located in Gold Country, a sprawling, picturesque and still lightly populated section of north-central California that extends east of Sacramento to the Nevada line, running through the hills and valleys of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  

 

The discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, about 50 miles northeast of Sacramento, set off the California Gold Rush of 1848.

The coins had been buried by a path the couple had walked for years. on the day they found them last spring, the woman had bent over to examine an old rusty can that erosion had caused to pop slightly out of the ground.

"Don't be above bending over to check on a rusty can," Kagin said she told him.  

 

They were located on a section of the property the couple nicknamed Saddle Ridge, and Kagin is calling the find the Saddle Ridge Hoard. He believes it could be the largest such discovery in U.S. history.  

 

One of the largest previous finds of gold coins was $1 million worth uncovered by construction workers in Jackson, Tenn., in 1985. More than 400,000 silver dollars were found in the home of a Reno, Nev., man who died in 1974 and were later sold intact for $7.3 million.  

 

Gold coins and ingots said to be worth as much as $130 million were recovered in the 1980s from the wreck of the SS Central America. But historians knew roughly where that gold was because the ship went down off the coast of North Carolina during a hurricane in 1857.

 

-By The Associated Press

 

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집 마당에 묻혀있던 100억 가치 옛금화 발견한 부부

 

미국 캘리포니아 주의 40대 부부가 자신들의 소유지에 묻혀있던 1000만 달러(1072,800만 원) 상당의 금화를 발견했다고 영국 일간지 데일리메일이 25일 보도했다.

 

 

캘리포니아 주 골드컨트리(Gold Country)에 사는 한 부부가 개와 함께 산책을 나왔다가 발을 헛디뎌 우연히 노다지를 발견한 것.

 

 

부부가 발견한 1,427개의 금화는 1847년에서 1894년까지 주조된 것으로 금화의 보존 상태는 우수했으며 일부 금화는 아주 희귀한 것으로 밝혀졌다.

 

금화의 액면가는 27000달러(2,900만 원)이지만 일부 희귀 금화는 개당 100만 달러(107,000만 원)에 달할 수 있다고 동전 전문가들은 설명했다.

 

부부의 대변인인 화폐 연구가 돈 케이진은 부부에 대해서는 중년의 나이라는 것과 금화가 발견된 전원 지역에 수년간 살아왔다는 것 밖에 말할 것이 없다라며 부부는 익명을 요구했다고 덧붙였다.

 

이어 그들은 새로운 골드러시를 찾아 금광부들이 몰려드는 것을 피하고 싶어 하며 사람들이 전과 다르게 자신들을 대할까봐 걱정하고 있다고 밝혔다.

골드러시(gold rush) : 새로운 금맥이 발견되어 많은 사람이 그곳으로 몰리는 현상

 

이들 부부는 몇 개의 금화는 기념품으로 남겨두고 대부분은 인터넷 쇼핑몰 아마존을 통해 판매할 계획이다. 또한 판매 수익금으로 빚을 청산하고 지역 자선 단체에 기부할 예정이라고 한다.

 

[중앙뉴스 / 윤지현 기자]

 

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100억 옛 금화 횡재, 누리꾼 "나도 땅 좀 파볼까?"

 

 

'100억 옛 금화 횡재, 진짜 부럽네!'

 

[스포츠서울닷컴e뉴스팀] '100억 옛 금화 횡재' 소식이 알려졌다.

 

최근 해외 언론은 미국 캘리포니아 주 티뷰론에 사는 한 부부가 뒤뜰에서 100억에 달하는 금화를 무더기로 발견했다고 보도했다.

 

이 부부는 8개의 낡은 깡통에서 1847년부터 1894년 사이 주조된 금화 1427개를 발견했다고 알려졌다.

 

금화는 약 1072600만원의 가치를 지니고 있지만, 이 부부는 미국 화폐협회의 전시회에 금화 일부를 빌려주며 90% 이상을 팔아 불우이웃을 돕는 데 사용할 것으로 알려져 눈길을 끌었다.

 

'100억 옛 금화 횡재' 소식에 누리꾼들은 "100억 옛 금화 횡재 대박이다", "100억 옛 금화 횡재 진짜 부럽다", "100억 옛 금화 횡재 나도 땅 좀 파 볼까?" 등 다양한 반응을 보였다.

 

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미국 캘리포니아에 살고 있는 한 부부가 우연히 100억원 상당의

     금화를 발견했다데일리뉴스 홈페이지 화면캡처

 

이런 '횡재' (AP=연합뉴스) 미국 캘리포니아주 동전 전문가인 데이비드 홀이 25(현지시간) 산타바바라의 사무실에서 골드 러시 당시 미 금화의 일부를 보여주고 있다.

 

 

(AP=연합뉴스) 미국 캘리포니아주 산타바바라의 한 동전 평가 전문회사에 25(현지시간) 금화가 전시되어 있다.

 

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Gold Country couple discover $10 million in buried coins

Coins worth $10 million discovered, headed for auction
Updated 4:57 am, Wednesday, February 26, 2014