After couple's discovery, new gold rush in Oroville

Feb 26, 2014 6:43 PM

A couple's discovery of $10 million worth of gold coins somewhere in Northern California is igniting hopes of North State miners and prospectors, particularly in Oroville, a historic city with close ties to the gold rush.

Money has a nice ring to it. But some people think hearing the ring of a treasure detector is more fun and profitable than the hum of a lottery ticket being printed, or the obnoxious music of a slot machine.

“I think that you do have a better chance definitely of finding something than you would pulling a lever on a slot machine,” Joey Wilson, owner of Adventures in Prospecting said.

“The price of gold, and being close by, I think you're better off doing that,” Oroville resident John Arsanis said.

And now, chances of striking gold appear more realistic after a Northern California couple found $10 million worth of coins.

“When I saw that, I was thinking of the cash register ringing,” Wilson said.

“I saw that thing on TV this morning and it's very interesting where they found all those gold coins you know?” Chico resident Betty Wagner said. “That's why I want to get a detector.”

She’s splitting the cost of the $700 hundred detector with her friend of 67 years.

Gary Ambrose thought the couple who hit it big lived in Auburn.

He hits the surrounding hills two or three times a month. In the 1950's he struck gold twice in one day near the Thermalito Bridge.

“Oh yeah it's out there,” Ambrose said. “All these people robbed these coaches and stuff. They got caught, and didn't have the money…they buried it. [You] got a chance to find it. You're not going to find it sitting on that couch.”

You can't win if you don't play, and why not play if the playground is right here?

“They built the town over a gravel bar,” Wilson said. “Who knows what's been sunk down there? There's probably coins and gold nuggets, all kinds of things under people’s houses they don’t even know about.”

But Betty and Karen are forgetting about Oroville.

“I think we'll go to auburn,” Betty said. “Yes, we're headed for auburn, today,” Karen said.


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