California couple strikes gold, do they get to keep it?

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TIBURON, CA – Remember that couple in California we told you about who struck gold literally?!

It was a rare stash of coins discovered in their backyard, more than 1400 pure gold with the estimated worth of $10 million big ones.

Now, a historian and coin collector believes the treasure is tainted.

The latest theory is they’re part of an early 20th century heist at the San Francisco Mint.

A newspaper article from 1901 makes reference to the sum of $30,000 in gold coin stolen from the vault of the cashier. The face value of the buried treasure was nearly the same amount.

The thief was a man named Walter Dimmick who was eventually busted; but the gold was never found.

So could this be the long lost loot? And if it is, what does that mean for the couple who found it?

In a case where you can clearly identify the owner and clearly identify the crime, the finder’s right to the treasure certainly diminishes.

But don’t start feeling sorry for them just yet. Apparently in this case, it really is finders-keepers.

The Mint says it doesn’t have any information linking the coins to any thefts at any U.S. mint facility.

Either way this long lost treasure has been recovered; while the secret behind it remains buried.