An anonymous man in New England was told by a dozen people that his gold coin was a worthless fake. He didn't believe it though and kept taking his coin to more experts. Finally it was confirmed to be real!
The 164-year-old coin was minted as a $5 coin during the California Gold Rush in 1854. Records show only 268 were made in the San Francisco Mint, and only three were known to survive. This coin makes the fourth.
“It’s like finding an original Picasso at a garage sale. It’s the discovery of a lifetime,” said Mark Salzberg, Chairman of Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, an organization that verified this coin and has verified over 40 million rare coins since 1987. “It’s the discovery of a lifetime.”