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The E-Sylum: Volume 15, Number 39, September 16, 2012, Article 14

BALTIMORE GOLD COIN HOARD ARTICLE FROM 1935

Regarding the Boys Who Found a Box of Gold Coins in the Basement, Russ Sears writes:

It has been a time since Len Augsberger wrote his book about the Baltimore boys who found a box of gold coins in the basement of the house in which one lived. Recently I came upon the pictured piece which is 12 1/2 by 18 3/4" from the Illustrated Current News February 22, 1935.

Illustrated Current News Feb. 22, 1935

Augsberger, "Treasure in the Cellar" Russ adds: In case you cannot read it, it says:

Baltimore, Md.- Judge Eugene O'Dunne decreed that "finders are keepers" in ruling that Theodore Jones (left) and Henry Grob could keep the $27,800 in gold coins which they unearthed in the cellar of the Jones home. The boys, 16-year-old sons of families on relief roles, discovered an old copper pot full of gold last August while digging in the cellar for a place to hide dues from members of their club.

Len Augsburger writes:

Neat! This photograph was also published in Popular Science, December, 1934, if memory serves.

Len's book on the Baltimore gold hoard, titled "Treasure in the Cellar: A Tale of Gold in Depression-Era Baltimore," was published by the Maryland Historical Society in 2008 -Editor


Wayne Homren, Editor

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