Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The $10-Million Gold Coin Hoard Find

The finest-known example of the 1866-S “No Motto” Type I $20 Liberty was the gem out of the some 1,400 gold coins found by a Northern California couple buried on their property. The coin could claim more than $1 million at auction. The overall value of the “Saddle Hill Hoard” treasure is roughly $10 million.

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I host an exciting interview with Kagins Inc.’s, Donald Kagin, PhD, and David McCarthy, who are handling a once-in-a-century find—The Saddle Ridge Hoard; $10-million worth of rare gold coins—that was buried sometime in the late 1800s and recently discovered by a couple out walking their dog on their own property in Northern California. Listen in for a behind-the-scenes account of this unprecedented event and how it will unfold.

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Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer and director of decorative arts for James D. Julia Auctioneers for the Boston region. You can hear his podcasts at the at Antique and Auction Forum, featuring interviews with key players in the antiques and collecbles trade.

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  • Wow! I never found gold, but I did have an interesting find on a friend’s property. I was asked to help with an estate sale by pricing the collection of antiques for him. He told me that I could have whatever I liked as payment. Going through all the things in the house and garage was like a grand adventure. Then I went outside and found an old fruit cellar. I looked and there, sticking out of the ground, was something large made of sheet metal. I dug it out with my bare hands and was excited! It was a weathervane. One side seems to have the original paint still intact. It was a Horse & Jockey Weathervane, circa 1900. It was made out of sheet-iron and measured around 15 inches high, by 38 inches wide. The groom is carrying a white pail, and is wearing a green shirt, and khaki pants. I did a search on Google and found one exactly like it, only mine was in better shape. The other one sold for $6500.00 at a site on-line. I still have it, and would sell for the right price.

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