Al Adams has finally recovered his sunken treasure.
It may have taken a violent shipwreck, a century on the ocean floor and a heated auction in Baltimore, but two gold coins recently returned to Dahlonega in the hands of the local Gold Rush Gallery coin dealer.
“It was a great story,” said Adams “ ... The coins had been submerged in the Gulf of Mexico for 160 years.”
The coins in question are $5 pieces that originated at the Dahlonega mint in the 1840s.
Since then they've been on a wild ride.
In 1846, a steamship hauling a trove of coins from various United States mints was lost in a storm off the coast of Louisiana.
There it sat for decade upon decade beneath 60 feet of water.
Then in . . .
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