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Idaho Couple Finds Buried Silver Worth $47,000

RUPERT, Idaho - A south-central Idaho couple working on a home renovation project dug up a plastic tube filled with 18 silver bars worth nearly $47,000, then tracked down the previous home owner now living in Utah and split the treasure.

James and Brytten Sievers tell The Times-News they found the container on Oct. 29, about 4 feet down, and inside were bars of Johnson-Matthey silver worth about $2,600 apiece. The container had a 1982 date, as did newspapers wrapped around the silver. Some sleuthing found that Clint Nelson had built the home and was living in it in 1982.

James Sievers says Nelson was a business man and someone paid him in silver. Nelson buried five tubes filled with silver when prices for the metal fell, but one of the containers got left behind when he moved.
 
      
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