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Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure has been the root of visions of grandeur from the beginning of time. Most people would think of pirates and chests of gold but the reality is that buried treasure in various forms exists within a few minutes of us all the time. Within the short history of this nation, it was discovered that the safest place to store one’s valuables was in the ground within sight of one’s residence. Farmers buried their valuables with their work in mind, fields, barns, fence rows and outbuildings. Eighty five percent of the population of the United States were farmers prior to the Great Depression. City dwellers’ buried treasure was placed in the floor of the basement or hidden in the walls of the house.

Since conflict was first called war, soldiers going to war would bury their money so the enemy would not profit should they fall in battle. Even these small caches of buried treasure are worth thousands of dollars today as most of the money buried prior to World War I and earlier than the Romans has great numismatic value.

The Spanish hid great troves of coins and buried treasure in anticipation of Indian revolts here in early American history. The Jesuit priests continued to bury church artifacts to protect the church valuables from being stolen by the Indians that were upset at the Spaniards. Wagon trains would bury all money, gold, silver and treasures in a communal hole before the Indian would attack. Western robbers would bury stolen heavy coins for a faster get away. Many robbers were caught, killed or plagued with the changing landscape after 20 years in prison. Buried treasure comes in many forms over a vast period of time, but waits patiently just out of sight for the light of day.

There are thousands of reasons that mother earth was trusted with buried treasure; “don’t trust banks, don’t trust the government, don’t trust the kids, everyone is out to steal my valuables, etc., don’t trust the partner, don’t trust the spouse.” One of the greatest reasons for buried treasure is the pure convenience of it, no matter where you are at, there you are, with plenty of terra firma to hide buried treasure. When the government made it illegal to own gold, Gold Act of 1933 ($10,000 fine for violators) you must realize that this nation had used gold and silver coins as money since the conception of the nation. Paper money was a just a guarantee that you could turn the paper “note” into the bank for REAL cash coins. This one covert act caused millions of coins to be buried on farms, ranches, backyards, basements and fields or hidden in a secret niche with the great hope that someday the owners could retrieve their coins and once again have real cash on hand. Little did the hiders realize that it would take over forty years before the ability to own gold would be returned to the US citizens. Meanwhile owners died without revealing even to their children the secret buried treasure, some lost memory of where they buried it, some moved away with intentions of coming back but never returned, some went to war and were lost, some divorced and went their separate ways and the buried treasure is still there, lost forever by the original owners. During this forty years the children were taught that paper was money and gold and silver coins belonged in a museum. The value of gold and silver was made to seem meaningless as no one could have it so why look for buried treasure?

Within fifteen minutes or less of where you are sitting now, you will find buried treasure hidden away by someone that you may never know and their story never told… If you suspect that you have the location of a buried treasure, but need a confirmation before you dig, contact Underground Discovery for imaging and recovery.

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