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They Discovered a Locked Box Beneath a Trapdoor in Their New Home. What Lay Inside Is Amazing

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A stack of abandoned furniture, a worn-out carpet or a faded shade of paint – newly purchased homes often hide fragments of past lives and hints of forgotten histories. However, it is exceptionally rare for a newly bought house to hide a box of treasure…
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But that is exactly what happened here – much to the surprise of the home’s new owner, imgur user CzarMatt. After all, CzarMatt had completely missed the movable panel in the floor of a closet during his no doubt chaotic move.
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In fact, it was CzarMatt’s wife who spotted the offending panel. “Did you know we had a trap door?” she asked him one day after noticing a square outline in the wooden floor tiles. “Oh,” CzarMatt reported on imgur. “Hopefully no dead bodies down there.” Still, dead bodies or not, what else could they do but take a look?
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So, CzarMatt lifted the trapdoor to find a shallow, hidden compartment. Fortunately, it was far too small to hold any corpses, and, aside from being dusty, dirty and lined with black plastic, it also appeared to be empty. What a disappointment.
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But wait, what’s that in the corner? A box? What could it contain? And why was it stashed under the floorboards? CzarMatt retrieved the intricately crafted wooden chest from its secret cubby hole and noticed that it felt unusually weighty.
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“It’s locked tight and who knows how old it is,” wrote CzarMatt on imgur. “I’m afraid to force it open and risk ruining the box itself.” Fortunately, CzarMatt had a locksmith buddy who could probably get it open in no time in exchange for some beers. So he made the call.
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However, the locksmith declined the invitation, and CzarMatt had to resort to other methods to try and open the box. First he tried and failed to pick the lock with a paperclip, and then he readied his screwdriver and hammer.
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Luckily, though, the lock was already broken, and CzarMatt simply slid a flat-headed screwdriver under the lid and carefully prized the box open. At last, then, he would get to see the contents within, and he managed to do it without damaging the beautiful box.
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“No wonder the box was so heavy,” wrote CzarMatt. “Tons of coins.” And, next to them, a second wooden box – “a box within a box” – contained another mystery begging to be unraveled. First, though, he began examining the original box’s contents piece by piece.
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The variety of coins was impressive. There were copper, brass, silver and nickel pieces from all over the world – coins that had undoubtedly changed hands countless times. Now, though, they were in a mysterious wooden box under CzarMatt’s floorboards.
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One of the coins was a well-preserved Morgan Silver Dollar from 1904. A nice find. Such a coin could, depending on where it was minted, be worth anything from around $25 to $2,000. Perhaps, then, it’s no wonder that its former owner protected it in a little baggie.
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Still, the very oldest coin in the collection was apparently this Canadian one-cent piece from 1859. Its condition is far from perfect, but at the very least it’s worth a few dollars. Not a bad appreciation at all.
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But coins weren’t the only thing that CzarMatt found in the box. For example, hidden in the felt lining was an old collector’s card depicting a metallic-skinned superhero instantly recognizable to Marvel comic fans. Behold, the Silver Surfer!
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“OK, coins and Silver Surfer I guess,” wrote CzarMatt on imgur. But what about that other curious little box nestled next to the coins? “Bummer,” wrote Matt. “Looks like it’s outfitted with the latest in tiny-lock technology.” Alas, it seemed that a screwdriver would not work here.
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But luckily there was no need to use the hammer. “Behold!” wrote CzarMatt. “My wife found the key buried under the coins.” What a relief. Now we can finally see what’s inside.
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“Tiny body bags!” wrote CzarMatt. Well, notwithstanding the remote possibility that they contained elven corpses, the little bags were certainly an intriguing find. And whatever they contained, the former owner had clearly wanted to protect them.
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Mercifully, there were no tiny bodies, but there was an intriguing collection of antique pocket watches. Well-preserved in their protective bags, the timepieces were large and small, and some of them were beautifully engraved too.
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Such character, such style, but did they still tick? On closer inspection, CzarMatt found that two of them certainly did. Thus the watches were not only a potentially tasteful addition to any hipster’s waistcoat, but also practical and functioning – and possibly worth a few bucks.
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The final bonus prize was this signet ring with a Girl Scouts of America logo. What a haul! Coins, watches, a ring and a Silver Surfer card – it’s not every day that you find such extraordinary buried treasure in your home.
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But not everyone is impressed by such things. Take CzarMatt’s dog, who looked on from the sofa with some apparent disdain. Dogs aren’t interested in shiny objects, after all; they’re interested in food. Perhaps it’s time to pack up the plunder and feed the pooch…

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