He struck glass first. Then, new information started emerging.
Everyone has seen it in the movies: a character hides a pile of cash in the expectation that they’ll find it again someday.
This South Jersey couple discovered firsthand that it actually occurs when they unearthed cash from over a century ago in their front yard.
To believe it, you must see it!
It’s not every day that you discover a time capsule from the past buried on your property, but Rich Gilson and his wife Suzanne had such a day this past July when they discovered something intriguing in their front yard.
It began with some digging.
The Gilson family opted to excavate their front yard last month without knowing they would discover an artifact from the past in the shape of old money.
Rich hit glass while he was digging and came across what he thought were root balls.
None of them were rootballs.
Rich noticed what at first appeared to be root balls was actually money wrapped in burlap when he took a closer look.
Two burlap balls with money stuffed inside of them were present; they had previously been in a broken glass jar.
Each burlap money ball contains $1000 worth of rolled-up $10 and $20 bills with the year 1934 printed on them.
This puts into perspective how significant anything like this would have been to someone in 1934, when the Great Depression would have been in full swing.
You won’t believe how much that would be worth in today’s money, either.
Twenty times as much value
In 1934, two dollars would have been worth a staggering forty thousand dollars.
When Suzanne Gilson looked up the worth of $2,000 in 1934, she was astounded by what she saw.
It appeared as though this person had buried $40,000 in the ground.
Who were they, though?
Finding the truth
The Gilsons were able to learn that there was a tale hidden behind the money as well.
Rich initially assumed it had to do with some illicit activity from the 1930s, but he soon discovered the reality.
James Dempsey, the owner of the property, had told his daughter to bury the money.
As Rich had initially assumed, it wasn’t the loot from a bank heist; instead, it was the money of an industrious man who simply wanted to save some money during the Great Depression.
The only issue was that after the family buried it, they lost track of where the money was and couldn’t find it.
Rich says he won’t be spending the money anytime soon even if it isn’t a sizable sum of money because of the significance of the narrative behind it.
“It’s a lot of money, but certainly it won’t change your life; the tale is more intriguing, in my opinion. The circumstances surrounding this man’s actions about 90 years ago. What are you going to do with it is a common question. Well, I’m not going to spend it, for sure.
Watch the video below to see this intriguing finding for yourself!