Ever since I watched The Goonies as a little kid, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of hunting for buried treasure. But I honestly think that my love for treasure-hunting hearkens back to even before I was born. My father loves the idea of digging for buried precious thingies, so much so that we trekked to Albania when I was 19-years-old because my father heard it on “good” authority that there were rare and precious ancient artifacts scored away deep underground.

Well, many man hours of digging and boxes of c-3 plastic explosives later, we didn’t find much except for some silver Algina turtle coins that aren’t really all that rare.


They looked real similar to the ones above, but apparently the ancient artifact market was flooded with them so it wasn’t the bank-busting, life-changing treasure find my dad hoped it could’ve been.

And when you think of buried treasure, you always think of exotic locations. You rarely think that there could be a hidden fortune in your own home. Something that Imgur user Branik12 and his wife found out while they were remodeling their house.

Here’s their amazing story below.

  1. 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.”

  2. Peeled back the walls

    “We peeled back the walls and revealed some random writing and drawings. Nothing too special here.”

  3. More of the wall art

    “Here is some more wall art exposed.”

  4. More interesting wall art

    “Here it gets a little more strange. Are those swastikas? This place was built in the late 40s?”

  5. Time to remove the ceiling

    “Time to remove the ceiling now and it sucks! There is a good 1/4 inch of dust on of the ceiling. We put up plastic to keep the dust out of the rest of the house and exposed then patched the air returns first.”

  6. 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.”

  7. Better picture

    “Here is a better picture with flash. *This picture was also staged after the fact.”

  8. 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?”

  9. Banana for scale

    “Spent the next 30 minutes looking for a banana. This is the best we could find. Deal with it.”

  10. Removing the string

    “Removing the string. The anticipation is growing. What could it be? About tree fiddy?”

  11. Still untying

    “Man I am slow. But we gotta get pictures! The Imgur community deserves.”

  12. Shoe string is off

    “String is off. Also, a few pictures ago, we moved to a patio table. The white truck in the sun was blinding us. We are starting to guess a lot at this point. Cash? Cards? Recipes?”

  13. Opening the box

    Opening the box now. Here it comes.

  14. Opened! With banana for scale

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

  15. Newspaper front

    “There was a newspaper lining the bottom.”

  16. Newspaper back

    “Here is the back of the newspaper. Nothing significant in the paper. It may have just been there to protect the other contents.”

  17. Newspaper date

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

  18. 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?”

  19. Full contents

    “Here is the complete contents with banana for scale.”

  20. 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?”

  21. 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.”

  22. 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. The total value of the money was about $23,000.”

    Quite a find for Branik12 and his family! You can check out his original post here.