We all secretly want to find treasure. We can blame it The Goonies, Indiana Jones, or our code breaking heroes but our desire to happen upon wealth — be it gold, cash, or a chest of jewels — has always been there. And our wishes have been granted in small ways.
There are some folks who find coins on the ground and others that are lucky enough to find bills. There are also some people who commit their lives to studying these treasures. They're called numismatists and they study and collect different types of currency. But we all know that sometimes, the best things come to us when we least expect it.
In today's story, Imgur user and 35-year-old DIYer branik12 struck gold while remodeling a family home, built in the late 1940s. Branik12 had completely remodeled the first and second floors and headed towards the basement where he found a strange box in the ceiling. Inside the box, there were newspapers and, you guessed it, a stash of cash.
Continue reading to vicariously live through him (money not included).
Here's the box Imgur user branik12 found during a recent home remodel.
Before we get to the inside contents, let's start from the beginning. Here we are in the basement.
After peeling back the walls, he found some writing and drawings. "Nothing too special here," he wrote.
What do you make of these drawings? Branik12 wondered if they were swastikas.
When he removed the ceiling, there was about a 1/4 inch of dust. They used plastic to keep from the dust spreading everywhere.
Check it out! It's the box from the first photo.
Here's another photo with flash. This photo and the previous ones were staged but the remaining photos are genuine.
"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?"
Before they dove in, they searched for a banana for scale.
Can you imagine the anticipation while pulling the string? It could be nothing, it could be everything they've ever needed!
"We are starting to guess a lot at this point. Cash? Cards? Recipes?"
I know what you're thinking… "Just open the box."
The secret contents were wrapped in some wax paper or something similar for protection.
Newspaper was used to line the bottom of the box, which is an interesting piece of history in itself.
The paper is dated March 25, 1951 so we can assume that this is probably around the same time that the box was hidden.
Okay, this is what we were waiting for… COLD HARD CASH! Three hefty stacks of it. Our dreams finally came true! Well… not for us, for this guy.
Not sure how he was able to arrange the contents so patiently and take proper photos. We would've been ripping through the wax paper.
One pile is all twenties, adding up to a couple thousand. "We are freaking out at this point," he notes. "This doesn't happen to us! What do we do? Where are the cameras?"
In the second pile, there were all fifties, adding up to around $5k. The third pile is all hundreds.
These bills look almost foreign. There are brown notes, a gold certificate, and star notes. The bills are dated 1928-1934.
Wait! There's more where that came from. After relishing in the discovery for about a week, he went back to work in the basement.
And would you look at that? He came upon another box. He was freaking out again, and we don't blame him!
The poster stated that this box was twice as heavy as the first. He's excited because he sees cash through the tiny vent.
He tore through the ceiling to see if there were any other boxes. Turns out that this was the last one.
He waited for his wife to come home. Sweet guy, right? No banana this time after receiving criticism that the previous banana was off scale.
Some people wait a lifetime… for a moment like this. This is what Kelly Clarkson must've been singing about.
The second box was filled with mostly twenties. Isn't it beautiful?
He made bands to organize them. The newer bills are from cash they made from selling the rare bills. In total, they came up $45k. Anyone else ready to strip through their walls and ceilings?
We know you probably have a few questions. The poster kindly answered a few already and we'll try to sum them up here. Yes, they spoke with an estate lawyer to make sure that the cash was theirs. Some of the bills were appraised, with about 10 of them being worth 4x face value. As aforementioned, the money will be put towards their mortgage.
Branik12 ended his second post by responding to question about whether or not he believed this was good karma for being a good person.
"We are generally good people," he wrote. "We try to help other when we can. General acts of kindness go a long ways. I however don't believe in karma.