Dude Finds Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars While Remodeling Home


If you’re dead broke and in need of some quick cash, have you ever thought of going through your basement or attic and getting some junk you can take to Antique Roadshow? You know what? How about you just remodel your home and hope to find a bunch of cash like the dude below did.

The guy in this story was remodeling his home when he found a box with nothing but cash inside. All of the bills were from 1928-1934, making them somewhat more valuable. And in total he found a haul worth tens of thousands of dollars.  Check out the pictures (and details) below thanks to Imgur user Branik12:

Box I found during a recent home remodel

So my family and I have been living in our house we bought some years back. The house was built in the late 40’s. I am a 35 year old do-it-yourselfer so I had remodeled everything on the first and second floors when it came time to remodel the basement.


This is interesting

I stumbled upon a box in the ceiling. Cool! A treasure. I must document this for Imgur. It is about time I contributed to the community. *The box was replaced for this picture and the next picture after the fact. All other pictures are as it happened.


Took the Box outside

I took the box outside and gathered the wife. It has something inside, but not heavy like coins or gold bars. Might get lucky though. Could be old sports cards?


Opened! With banana for scale

The box reveals its secrets! A few packages wrapped in what looks like wax paper.


Newspaper front

There was a news paper lining the bottom.


Newspaper date

The paper is dated March 25, 1951. This must be near the time the box was hidden.


3 packages

Now I am really interested! this looks green! There’s money in here! I am guessing a thousand or more! Is that a twenty?


Full contents

Here is the complete contents with banana for scale.


More than just one twenty

These are all twenties! There may be a couple thousand here! We are freaking out at this point. This doesn’t happen to us! What do we do? Where are the cameras?


Full contents revealed!

The second package didn’t have any twenties. It was all fifties! What is going on here? There could be 5 grand here!. Wait!!!! The third package is 100s!!!! This is out of control!!! *Sorry I didn’t get a picture opening each package, Our excitement overwhelmed us.


Some rare notes?

Some of the bills were rarer than others. Some brown notes, a gold certificate and some star notes nearly uncirculated. All bills were from 1928-1934. What do we do now? Is it ours? What is it worth? I can’t put this on imgur! Next was hours of inventory and googling. I decided that we needed to have the special bills appraised and talk to a lawyer about how to proceed. Once the legal stuff was taken care of I decided to continue with the plan to post to imgur. This was a wild ride for us and I hope you all enjoyed it too. We are boring people and have been dumping our extra money to pay off our mortgage and that is where this money will go too. Front Page edit** Whohoo! first time to the front page. I’m glad you all like the post. Stay tuned for more! Send money to the charity of your choosing. ** UPDATE: There has been an exciting update: http://imgur.com/gallery/4Jlq7 Treasure found in a home remodel The Saga Continues… The best part of this post is looking at the media sites (especially foreign) reporting on it and all the comments trying to figure out the banana.


According to this guy “some of the bills were rarer than others.” There were also “some brown notes, a gold certificate and some star notes nearly uncirculated.” The guy decided to take the bills to have it appraised, as well as to talk to a lawyer to take care of legal stuff.

Where will the money go? Some of it will go to paying off his mortgage.

Oh, and how much money was in there? $23,000.

Some people have all the luck. Well, I did once find a collection of trash in a basement one time. So there’s that.

More pictures here.


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