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Dr. Thomas Walker; Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Jeffersontown

Bell County festivities honoring the explorer who named Cumberland Gap and created some of the first maps of the region, a Frankfort monument that honors Kentuckians killed in Vietnam, and a walking tour of a historic town in Jefferson County. A 2001 KET production hosted by Dave Shuffett.
Season 7 Episode 16 Length 26:31 Premiere: 05/12/01

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Kentucky Life features our state’s great diversity with stories of its people, places and ideas. Since 1995, Kentucky Life’s focus has always been to help Kentuckians celebrate unique and regional people and cultures and present stories capturing the history and heritage of Kentucky.


Host, Chip Polston

Chip Polston began his tenure as host of Kentucky Life with the premiere of season 28.

A familiar face to Kentuckians, Chip has appeared on air during several KET pledge drives, was the host of KET’s Mixed Media and the longtime on-air personality for the Kentucky Lottery.

Chip is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville. He is a lifelong Kentuckian and is thrilled to be traveling the state to highlight stories of the Commonwealth’s fascinating people and places.

Learn about the life experiences that led Chip Polston to his dream job as Kentucky Life‘s host.


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Season 7 Episodes

Fly-Fishing; Eagleswings; Jay Bolotin

S7 E23 Length 26:29 Premiere Date 07/07/01

Minds Wide Open; Historic Clock Tower; and more

S7 E22 Length 26:30 Premiere Date 06/23/01

Monroe County; Ed Hamilton

S7 E21 Length 26:30 Premiere Date 06/16/01

Oral History Commission; Harmonics; High School Choruses

S7 E20 Length 26:30 Premiere Date 06/09/01

Wood Carver; Piano Prodigy; Revolving Aquarium

S7 E19 Length 26:30 Premiere Date 06/02/01

Melungeons

S7 E18 Length 27:30 Premiere Date 05/26/01

Denny Crum; Arrowheads; James Archambeault

S7 E17 Length 26:58 Premiere Date 05/19/01

Dr. Thomas Walker; Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Jeffersontown

S7 E16 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 05/12/01

Columbus-Belmont Battlefield; Father-Son Garage; Pilot Knob

S7 E15 Length 26:30 Premiere Date 05/05/01

McAlpine Locks and Dam; Four Roses; Horseshoeing School

S7 E14 Length 26:00 Premiere Date 04/28/01

Larry Elmore; Crafters' Co-Op; Middlesboro Golf Course

S7 E13 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 04/14/01

John Carpenter; Red Mile; Bernstadt

S7 E12 Length 26:30 Premiere Date 04/07/01

Berea Carillon; Old Talbott Tavern; Elkhorn City

S7 E11 Length 26:29 Premiere Date 03/31/01

Blue Licks Battlefield; Peter Eichhorn; Strawberries

S7 E10 Length 26:30 Premiere Date 03/24/01

Along U.S. Highway 60, from Ashland to Paducah

S7 E9 Length 2:25:56 Premiere Date 03/03/01

ReRun Retired Thoroughbreds; Mantle Rock Conservancy

S7 E8 Length 25:30 Premiere Date 02/24/01

Sculptor; Basketmaker; Treasure Hunt

S7 E7 Length 26:29 Premiere Date 02/17/01

Yardbirds; Blacksmith; Space-Age Design; Wildlife Refuge

S7 E6 Length 26:00 Premiere Date 02/10/01

Newport Aquarium; Big Bone Lick; Cumberland River

S7 E5 Length 26:30 Premiere Date 02/03/01

Hill Community Theater; Greyhound Rescue; Bybee Pottery

S7 E4 Length 26:29 Premiere Date 01/27/01

Family Reunion; Tommy Clark; Jeannie Spears; Debbie Tuggle

S7 E3 Length 26:29 Premiere Date 01/20/01

Wickliffe Mounds; Horse Mania; Jefferson County Memorial

S7 E2 Length 26:30 Premiere Date 01/13/01

Gary Akers; Bomber Pilot; Kentucky Youth Chorus

S7 E1 Length 26:29 Premiere Date 01/06/01

Eastern Kentucky Flood

Clip Length 13:40 Premiere Date 05/31/23

Mojothunder Live at KET

Clip Length 16:35 Premiere Date 03/09/23

Bardstown, KY Named "Most Beautiful Small Town In America"

Clip Length 08:02 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Barrel Racing Sisters

Clip Length 07:02 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Fort Knox Gold

Clip Length 07:28 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Icelandic Horses

Clip Length 07:00 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Jesse James in Kentucky

Clip Length 07:45 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Traveling the Bluegrass

Clip Length 04:30 Premiere Date 02/23/23

Zenyatta (Thoroughbred Racehorse)

Clip Length 07:30 Premiere Date 02/23/23

USS Sachem

Clip Length 07:10 Premiere Date 02/23/23

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Whiffle Ball; Treehouses; Life in Lynch; Football Rivalry - S24 E1

Premiered On: 10/06/2018

Playing whiffle ball at Princeton's Little Busch Stadium; go climb a tree (and enjoy a luxurious night in it) at EarthJOY Treehouse Adventures; African-Americans came to work in the coal mines and are now making new lives in Lynch; Dayton and Bellevue football teams meet again in the most-played rivalry in Kentucky. A 2018 KET Production.

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Louisville Tool Library, Lily May Ledford, McConnell Springs Park, Home for Wayward Babydolls - S29 E16

A tool library in Louisville aims to make DIY projects and community more accessible; banjo and fiddle player Lily May Ledford, whose career spanned seven decades, was the driving force of The Coon Creek Girls, a string band from Powell County formed in the 1930s that became one of the most popular and influential musical groups the state has ever produced; preserving McConnell Springs Park in Lexington; the Home For Wayward Babydolls in Rowan County accepts dolls from all over the world. A 2024 KET production.

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Central Kentucky Tours; Harden Coffee; Wigwam Village - S24 E2

Premiered On: 10/13/2018

Climb aboard and explore the Bourbon Trail with Doug Flynn and the good folks at Central Kentucky Tours, Harden Coffee in Campbellsville is a family business built from the "grounds" up, and meet some new neighbors at the nostalgic Wigwam Village Inn #2 in Cave City. A 2018 KET Production.

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Makerspaces; Spinal Cord Injury; Frank Duveneck; Duncan Hines - S24 E3

Premiered On: 10/20/2018

The only limit is your imagination at Makerspaces in Lexington and Burlington, a new lease on life after spinal cord injury at the University of Louisville, the life and art of one of Northern Kentucky's great artists Frank Duveneck, and Bowling Green's Duncan Hines is America's first foodie. A 2018 KET Production.

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eKAMI; Schneider's Candies; Barber Legacy - S24 E4

Premiered On: 10/27/2018

eKAMI teaches coal miners new trades in an advanced facility in Paintsville, grab a box of chocolates and the Opera Creams at Schneider's Sweet Shop in Bellevue, and fathers and daughters carry on a barber legacy in Louisville and Elizabethtown. A 2018 KET Production.

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Wisconsin's "Kentuck" Days, ROCK n' Rollers, Riverside, Eula Hall - S29 E7

A Northern Wisconsin town celebrates its unique "Kentuck" heritage at an annual festival in Crandon; ROCK - Roller Derby of Central Kentucky - is getting a fresh start; in Louisville, Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing stands as a testament to the significant role agriculture and the river have played in the development of the country; remembering Appalachian health care pioneer Eula Hall. A 2024 KET production.

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Heartbeats; Central Auto; Judy Drive-In - S24 E5

Premiered On: 11/03/2018

A Louisville music therapist honors the life and legacy of dying patients with melodies of heartbeats, Central Auto drives the community and the economy in Clay, and the stars on screen shine brighter than the stars in the sky at Judy Drive-In in Mt. Sterling. A 2018 KET Production.

  • Monday May 27, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Dancing Well; Purple Toad Winery; Paradise Point - S24 E6

Premiered On: 11/10/2018

Veterans and their families affected by war heal through dance in Louisville, Purple Toad Winery is a top Paducah tourist destination and the state's largest winery, and vacationers at Barren River Lake can enjoy the funky junk and fun atmosphere at Paradise Point Marketplace in Scottsville, Kentucky. A 2018 KET Production.

  • Tuesday May 28, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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The Lee Initiative; Candleberry Candles; Daniel Goff - S24 E7

Premiered On: 11/17/2018

Top chefs in Louisville mentor up-and-coming female chefs to take the lead in professional kitchens; take in the sights and smells at Frankfort's Candleberry Candles, and learn about the fascinating life of African-American Revolutionary War soldier Daniel Goff. A 2018 KET Production.

  • Wednesday May 29, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Joe Bowen; Mammoth Bones; Banana Festival - S24 E8

Premiered On: 02/02/2019

Joe Bowen has carried the Olympic torch, walked 3,000 miles on stilts, and bicycled cross-country twice, and he calls Powell County home; mammoth bones from northern Kentucky found their way to Thomas Jefferson and made a new mark on history; and this Fulton County festival is bananas, celebrating the time when Fulton was known as The Banana Capital of the World. A 2019 KET Production.

  • Thursday May 30, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Exile; SuperChefs; Ulysses S. Grant (Pt. 1) - S24 E9

Premiered On: 02/16/2019

Chart-topping band Exile hits the road performing their greatest hits, step into the extraordinary at Louisville's superhero-themed restaurant SuperChefs, and explore the history of Ulysses S. Grant and his Kentucky connections and inspirations in this first of a three-part series. A 2019 KET Production.

  • Friday May 31, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Disc Golf in Kentucky, NAILE, Trail of Tears Pow Wow, Artist Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido - S29 E8

Disc golf combines the precision of traditional golf with the exhilaration of frisbee and fosters a welcoming community; the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) showcases Kentucky farms and the farming tradition; the Trail of Tears Pow Wow in Hopkinsville is an annual gathering for Native Americans from across the U.S. to remember and honor those who walked, and died, along the Trail of Tears; meet Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, a Cuban American artist and professor of art at Morehead State University. A 2024 KET production.

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Somerset Art Scene; Aluminum Recycling; Brigid Kaelin - S24 E10

Premiered On: 02/23/2019

Somerset rolls out the red carpet and puts their artists, musicians, and local brewery in the spotlight; the aluminum can in your fridge has a life cycle and migration you'll have to see to believe; and Brigid Kaelin brings Kentucky flair to an international audience through her Louisville roots. A 2019 KET Production.

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Young at Heart Big Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; The Savage Radley - S24 E11

Premiered On: 04/06/2019

Young at Heart's group of octogenarians keep the classics alive by performing throughout Central Kentucky, Maple Ridge Soaps in Bracken County makes soap the natural and 2800 B.C. way, and western Kentucky's The Savage Radley sing about small-town Kentucky life. A 2019 KET Production.

  • Tuesday June 4, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Mountain Mushroom Festival; Spoonbread; Robert Penn Warren - S24 E12

Premiered On: 04/13/2019

Morels are the rockstars of mushrooms, and Irvine celebrates them at the annual Mountain Mushroom Festival; Berea's Spoonbread Festival highlights this traditional Appalachian food, and Kentucky can boast the only American author awarded both a fiction and a poetry Pulitzer Prize, to Guthrie's own Robert Penn Warren. A 2019 KET Production.

  • Wednesday June 5, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants - S24 E13

Premiered On: 04/20/2019

Kentucky's state dance is alive and well in Owensboro at the Lanham Brothers Jamboree; Hopkinsville is home to the nation's largest producer of bowling balls, at Ebonite International; the Falls of Rough and Rough River Dam are a vacationer's paradise; a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties.

  • Thursday June 6, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Mustang Makeover; Bluegrass in Japan - S24 E14

Premiered On: 04/27/2019

People throughout the nation are training thousands of wild mustangs and showing off their skills to help find homes for these beautiful horses and take a trip to Tokyo to meet with some of bluegrass music's biggest fans. A 2019 KET Production.

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String Mountain Music, Appalachian Astronaut, Kentucky Coal Museum, Bluegrass Bullies - S29 E9

James Webb Musical Sales and Repairs is a luthier shop in Martin County playing a crucial part in preserving Kentucky's traditional mountain music; travel to the International Space Station with the Middlesboro School System and astronaut John Shoffner; the Kentucky Coal Museum in Benham, Kentucky aims to educate visitors in the history of coal mining in Eastern Kentucky; and a negative stigma of pit bulls has caused an overabundance of the breed at local humane societies that often keeps them from being adopted. A 2024 KET production.

  • Saturday June 8, 2024 8:00 pm ET on KET
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Jim Ford; Second Chances Wildlife; Sheldon Tapley - S24 E15

Premiered On: 05/04/2019

Johnson county's Jim Ford is the greatest Kentucky songwriter you've probably never heard of; injured animals get their best chance for recovery at Second Chances Wildlife Center in Bullitt County, and Centre College's Sheldon Tapley paints luminous landscapes and still lifes. A 2019 KET Production.

  • Monday June 10, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Living Archaeology; Wes Cowan's Louisville; U.S. Grant (Part 2) - S24 E16

Premiered On: 05/11/2019

The annual Living Archaeology Weekend turns Red River Gorge into Kentucky's most popular outdoor classroom; "Antiques Roadshow's" Wes Cowan reminisces his Louisville roots and a vintage life; and part two of our profile of Ulysses S. Grant's Kentucky connections tracks his rise as a general, beginning with his battles in the west. A 2019 KET Production.

  • Tuesday June 11, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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African-American Heritage Trail; Downtown Glasgow; U.S. Grant (Part 3) - S24 E17

Premiered On: 05/18/2019

Explore Lexington's history on the twelve stops along the African-American Heritage Trail; Doug explores downtown Glasgow, and the final part of our profile of Ulysses S. Grant picks up with his presidency and enduring significance to Kentucky and the nation. A 2019 KET Production.

  • Wednesday June 12, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Honor Flight; Bill Marvel; Artist Elmer Lucille Allen - S24 E18

Premiered On: 05/25/2019

World War II veterans board a flight honoring their service to our nation; Liberty may be home, but the Indianapolis Speedway is his heart - Bill Marvel has made a life in racing; and Elmer Lucille Allen is a pioneering scientist with artistic flair. A 2019 KET Production.

  • Thursday June 13, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Astronaut; Sweet Blessings; HOMES Inc. - S24 E19

Premiered On: 06/01/2019

Retired NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave talks about his incredible career; kids in need in Central Kentucky celebrate their birthdays with the help of Sweet Blessings; the American dream of home ownership comes true through the work of HOMES Inc. in Whitesburg.

  • Friday June 14, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Tahlsound, Planting Appalachia's Future, the Flooding of Old Burnside, Theatre Camp for Everyone - S29 E10

Tahlsound is a concert series providing opportunities for regional musicians to perform for the Lexington community; Green Forests Work is converting reclaimed, non-native grasslands and shrublands into productive forestland, providing jobs and restoring ecosystems; discover the history of the once-thriving city "Old Burnside" by hearing from former residents, located along the Cumberland River; a summer theater camp for kids on the autism spectrum in Bowling Green stages a production of "The Wizard of Oz." A 2024 KET production.

  • Saturday June 15, 2024 8:00 pm ET on KET
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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing - S24 E20

Premiered On: 07/20/2019

July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and Kentucky Life takes a trip through its 25-year history to celebrate this achievement. Past stories include retired NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave; Eastern Kentucky University's Hummel Planetarium; an interactive space exploration experience for 6th graders at the Challenger Center at Hazard Community College; and the famous Moonbow at Cumberland Falls State Park in Whitley County.

  • Monday June 17, 2024 4:00 pm ET on KETKY
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Paws on Patrol; Penn's Outhouse Races; Beer Cheese; Pralltown; Chicken Swap - S25 E1

Premiered On: 10/05/2019

Adoptable dogs walk the beat with the Louisville Metro Police; "Kentucky Life" celebrates its 25th season with a "Kentucky Life" Memory at the Outhouse Races at Penn's Store; beer cheese makes Kentucky - and Winchester - proud; and the Pralltown neighborhood in Lexington celebrates its sons and daughters. "Kentucky Life" Moment: Lawrenceburg Chicken Swap. A 2019 KET Production.

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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; Old Friends, Old Foes; Louisville Select Boxing; Newport Aquarium - S25 E2

Premiered On: 10/12/2019

Pop stars and bluegrass legends find a special place in the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; relive a "Kentucky Life" Memory with a look back at Old Friends in Georgetown - a retirement home for champion racehorses; young men follow in Muhammad Ali's footsteps by stepping into the boxing ring in Louisville; and dive into fun at the Newport Aquarium. A 2019 KET Production.

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Explore the history of Baptist preacher Elijah Craig and his influence on the bourbon industry; relive a canoe trip down Mill Creek Lake that launched Dave Shuffett's "Kentucky Life" career; a memorial honors the miners killed in the Hurricane Creek mine disaster; and Iraqi-born painter Vian Sora brings vivid contrasts to her art and life in Louisville. "Kentucky Life" Moment: Ducks at Basil Griffin Park in Bowling Green. A 2019 KET Production.

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Buried Treasure

“The Coins Kept Coming”

In 2023, a Kentucky farmer discovered a cache of more than 800 gold and silver Civil War-era coins buried in a cornfield — a rare find one coin expert said was “hard to comprehend.” The discovery triggered an avalanche of media interest from around the globe, with stories appearing in The New York Times, The Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine and USA Today, among others.

On this brand-new special episode of Kentucky Life, for the first time, we hear from the farmer, as well as antique coin expert Jeff Garrett with Mid-America Rare Coin Galleries, offering their thoughts about that fateful day and the discovery now known as The Great Kentucky Hoard. We also hear from UK historian Amy Murell-Taylor on what was happening in Kentucky during the Civil War that may have led to these coins being put in the ground, and we go exploring with three guys who call themselves The Dirt Nerds as they search for buried treasure in the Bluegrass.

Fearing an onslaught of fortune seekers on his property, the Kentucky farmer went to great lengths to remain anonymous and silent — until now.

“I initially found the 1856 Seated Liberty Half Dollar probably 20 to 30 feet from where the hoard was located,” the farmer told Kentucky Life. “I would have never believed what came next. Things that only happen in dreams. When I continued walking and saw the glint of gold – a thick reeded edge. When I pulled the coin from the ground, I was astonished when I realized I was holding a $20 Double Eagle from the 1860s. After I flipped the first clump of dirt over the next 45 minutes to an hour, the coins kept coming. I knew it was hundreds.”

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Chip Talks with the Farmer

Had you ever made any discoveries like this before, and was this the type of thing you were looking for?
Never in a million years did I think I would ever come across anything even close to this. Normally, when I’m not working, I wander the fields searching for native American artifacts and anything that may have been lost hundreds of years ago.

Talk me through the day leading up to the discoveryin general, what had you been doing?
I was in the fields as any other normal day, when I had gotten off work, I started walking a portion of the property I had seen broken pieces of pottery and brick strewn in a fairly confined area when I came across the first coin. Something that has happened a decent amount of times. I found my first “old coin” when I was maybe 9 walking the fields around my hometown looking for arrowheads, and boom, there it was a pristine 1937D Mercury dime, sitting there basking in the sun. This time it was a little more exciting beings it was a beautiful 1856O Seated Liberty half dollar which was almost perfect minus a few marks from where it had been struck by farm equipment. Little did I know what that would lead to next.

When you first looked down in the dirt and saw the coins, what was going through your mind? Did you realize the enormity of what you had just found and that this was a life-changing event?
I initially found the 1856 Seated Liberty Half Dollar probably 20-30’ from where the hoard was located. I would have never believed what came next. Things that only happen in dreams. When I continued walking and saw the glint of gold….a thick reeded edge… when I pulled the coin from the ground I was astonished when I realized I was holding a 20$ DOUBLE EAGLE from the 1860s. After I flipped the first clump of dirt over the next 45 minutes to an hour the coins kept coming. I knew it was hundreds. I guessed initially around three to maybe 400 coins. To my surprise when I got home and started counting the total was over 800 coins. 770 of which were gold.

The very first thing I would have done would have been to clean off the coinsJeff said you were smart enough to not do this as it greatly enhanced their value. How in the world did you know not to do this?
I have been in the hobby of walking fields and admiring coins from the age of we’ll say ten or younger. My dad had gotten me into coins after he had collected all the way back since the late 1970s. He had always warned me against cleaning anything silver. Knowing that gold is far softer than silver it was a no-brainer for me to leave them be. They had quite a bit of rust on the surfaces, I assumed either they were in an old iron box or something that corroded over the years and left a lot of the coins encrusted.

Walk me through the days after the discovery – what were you thinking?
I knew right away that I had made an enormous discovery. I hadn’t heard of such a find in the US in ages. I spent hours researching each coin and the different years and varieties to check for rarities and key dates. I knew that anything with a D mint mark from the time would be very rare and valuable. Out of 700+ gold coins, I believe only ONE was minted in Dahlonega Georgia. I found a few other gold dollars with mint marks some rarer than others…but after researching the key dates for the Liberty Head 20$ I realized I had not one…but EIGHTEEN of one of the rare dates, the 1863 20s. This is when my head began to spin and I knew I needed help.

Jeff literally wrote the book on coins like this – how did you find him, and how much reassurance did it bring you that you’d connected with such an expert?
I had actually posted on a social media group I am a part of, and one of the members mentioned that I should reach out to a Jeff Garrett. They said he was the expert on US minted Gold Coins. I began to research his name and read of his incredible and very extensive background in the coin world. I was skeptical at first, something of this magnitude is HUGE and people can be extremely greedy in times of other’s fortunate events. I sent him a very vague, very short email with a picture of one single 1863 Double Eagle, stating only that I had a coin I knew was potentially valuable. We agreed to meet in his office in Lexington, where I brought six of the Double Eagles and a few other coins from the find. By the end of our meeting, I revealed to him that was a very very small portion of what I had discovered, and that I had 12 more 1863 Double Eagles at home along with several hundred more gold coins of the same timeframe. Everything else from there came down to personally transporting the coins to Sarasota to NGC where we met with Mr. Mark Salzberg and Dave Camire for the next steps in cleaning, grading and preserving this incredible discovery.

Any advice you’d offer to treasure hunters or anyone else out there captivated by this story?
Keep your eyes out and never stop looking. I never even imagined I would find one gold coin in my entire life. Let alone something so significant it has its own hoard name. There are hundreds of stories of lost treasure, hidden staches from bandits and just the superstitious wealthy old guy who didn’t trust the banks…

Has this changed the way you walk around and look at things?
Surprisingly, not much, as I said I have spent many years wandering the fields and river banks looking for anything that catches the eye. My Father did it before me, my great-grandmother had one of the most incredible museum-worthy collections of arrowheads all found walking cultivated land and the banks of the rivers. I guess maybe it’s in my bones, I have always been extremely fascinated with discovering items from the past.

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