Certified gold doubloons and Spanish silver dollars, looking like a cache of pirate booty, were found in a northern California abandoned storage unit whose contents were bought sight unseen at an auction after the unit’s owner died. The treasure, stashed in dusty Rubbermaid containers, is estimated at $500,000. A San Jose man paid $1,100 for the rights to the unit. He would identify himself only as “John.”
Also discovered were several gold and silver bars, once owned in some mysterious way by the deceased elderly woman who had rented the Contra Costa County storage unit. The auction was conducted by producers of “Storage Wars,” an A&E cable series. Ironically, they were not taping at the time of the auction and discovery.