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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Search for Gold

There is more than mineral deposits of gold in the land.  The human family has hoarded gold and silver since day one.  Where? Why, in the ground, of course.  During the War Between the States, while the Confederate Gold wagon was following the armies and ultimately lost, southerns buried their wealth stores in flower gardens.  The idea was, after the war, to return and dig it up again. But towns were destroyed, people killed, and circumstances prevented the return. I had a family who buried some gold and silver coins near their home in Macon, Georgia.  It was not until about 1888 that family members remembered the location of grandpa's hiding place, and returned to fetch it. Of course, the amount was greatly exaggerated over the years, however, it did exist and was finally dug up!  Before paper money was printed, people put their coinage in purses, carpet bags, safes and even store houses.  During the Roman era, it was the custom that a prominent member of the family retain the family wealth and valuables under lock and key.  In Jerusalem, officials in high offices (such as mayor, etc.) had as many as fifty men to guard important possessions. Consider the number of ancient wars which transpired throughout history and the gold which the Spanish took out of South America. Even today, coins of eight wash upon the shores from old ship wrecks.  People have always been very busy gathering treasure and minting coins.  Thus, it is not a bad idea to take a metal detector along when you go hunting for the ancestral home.
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