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Finding Treasure Coins, Jewelry, & Relics - Metal Detecting in California


California offers many incredible opportunities. If this is your interest, here's a few ideas to get you started:

Schools and College Campuses Parks / Playgrounds / Picnic Areas Foundations, Wells, and Cellar Holes of Old Churches or Houses Downtown Construction Sites Swimming Holes and Beaches (especially following a storm) Camp Grounds, Boyscout Camps, WPA Camps, and Mining Camps Sports Facilities Ghost Towns Rodeo Arenas, Riding Stables, and Race Tracks Old Fair and Carnival Locations Old Town Dumpsites


As in other areas of the US, there are several tales of lost California treasure concerning caches buried for safety. In many of these stories, people either died or forgot where they buried the stash. Contributing factors include:

1. Federal laws making possession of gold illegal in the early 1900s

2. Distrust of banks during the Great Depression.

In Mokelumne Hill along Route 49 in the Mother Lode country, a cache of $50 gold coins is said to be in an old foundation wall. A bandits' underground hiding place near Avila, San Luis Obispo County, is said to have been the depository for much loot. Can you find the cave? Dr. John Marsh's cache of $40,000 in gold coins, (Marsh Creek, east side of Mount Diablo, near Brentwood, Contra Costa County), would be worth many times that if it were found today.

These excerpts are a sampling from American Coin Treasures and Hoards


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