Almost 160 years ago, thousands of fortune seekers left jobs and farms traveling west to strike it rich in the gold fields. Sea captains even abandoned their ships in San Francisco harbor to stake their claim in and around Sutter's Mill.
This month, the rush isn't expected to be quite as crazed but if preliminary interest in the new presidential golden dollars is any indication, millions will be actively seeking them. The U.S. Mint hopes they'll also be equally popular in retail use. . . .
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