Silver Coins Found during Home Demolition | Officials believe that the silver coins may have been hidden in the walls of the home before the previous owner even moved in.
“The house was full of Florida junk,” neighbor Jim Tuck said Friday about the 60 pounds of silver coins discovered in the recently demolished North Minnesota Avenue home.
It was like a treasure hunt … the more you dug the more you found,” said Melissa Howes of city code enforcement, laughing about the scramble to find more. “We thought we might be able to keep it like finders keepers, but it was city property.”
The glass pickle jars shattered when workers began leveling the 1915 bungalow.
Authorities believe the coins may have been hidden in the walls by a former owner during the Great Depression.
The booty included 861 half dollars, 1,016 quarters, 202 dimes and three nickels, police records show.
The oldest spotted among the half dollars was dated 1917 and the most recent was a 1964 Kennedy half dollar.
Because the city of St. Cloud owns the property they plan to put the money back into the city’s general fund.