Christmas Day yielded an unusual present for Salinas resident Art Ballesteros.
Ballesteros found a real, a Spanish silver coin from the 1500s, on an isolated beach near San Francisco.
"It was a Christmas present not only for myself but also for California," he said. "The coin is extremely valuable."
He said Wednesday he had gone to visit his brother, Michael, in San Francisco for the holidays. On Christmas Day, they did what they both grew up doing: searching for hidden treasure. They took metal detectors to the beach and began scanning. . . .
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