Found treasure on display in Atlanta

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ATLANTA, Ga. --  The odds are better that you would hit the lottery, but one California couple just did it: they found a buried treasure.

The young couple dug up more than $10 million worth of gold coins, and now they're on display in Atlanta.

"This is exactly what every person ever wants to happen to them accidentally," said Bob Faith. 

Treasure hunters from across the country couldn't wait to see what it looks like to actually strike gold.

"My big find running was finding a whole tackle box full of lures that were worth 5 or 10 dollars a lure. I don't fish," he said. 

Bob Faith's story isn't too far off from the couple in California who found the 1,400 gold coins in their backyard.

They didn't know what it was at first either.

"It's heavy, they think it's paint... then they open it up and it's a pot of gold," said Don Kagin. 

Kagin is selling the coins for the couple, and says they were walking their dog, talking about their uncertain future when they made the find.

"They didn't have a lot of money, they were worried about losing their property," he said. 

Now Kagin says they're set for life.

Just one of the coins could go for a cool million dollars, and the cheapest one of the bunch will likely still sell for $2,500.

If people can't afford them, it doesn't mean they won't look. The coins were by far the most popular exhibit at the annual Money Show in Atlanta.

Even United States Treasurer Rosie Rios came in to town to see the coins.

For all the publicity that these coins are getting, the couple that found them are choosing to remain anonymous.

"They don't want people to look at them differently. They don't want to change their lifestyle, they don't want people coming to look for gold on their property," said Kagin.

Behind closed doors, Kagin says the couple understands just how important their find is.

"It's not just a bunch of coins. This is history. It tells us about our past, our society, our country, what was happening at the time," he said.   

Even though Kagin says this find is one in a billion, for treasure hunters everywhere, it keeps that dream alive.

"Everybody that walks around thinks they're going to find something," said Faith. 

The coins will be auctioned off on Amazon.com in May.

The Cobb Galleria is displaying the coins through Sunday. One of the coins in the display has a mint from Dahlonaga, Ga.

The National Money Show runs through Saturday at the Cobb Galleria. Click here for more information.

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