February 18, 2014

They've Literally Struck Gold While Digging Downtown


A plugged-in tipster reports that they have struck gold, quite literally, while excavating Transbay Blocks 6 & 7 for the 32-story tower and mid-rise to rise along Folsom Street.

Okay, so it's only the single Chilean gold doubloon pictured above and dated 1838 that has been uncovered so far, or at least that's all that has been reported by the crew.

Ironically, the tower to rise on the site is designed to be LEED Gold certified.

First Published: February 18, 2014 5:30 PM

Comments from "Plugged In" Readers

That is fascinating. I'll take my answer, off the air.

Posted by: jeff schlarb at February 18, 2014 9:10 PM

Somebody ~180 years ago was *pissed*! "I swear I had the doubloon in my waistcoat just this morning!"

Posted by: Sierrajeff at February 19, 2014 8:15 AM

The city should give it to evicted tenants. They deserve it!

Posted by: sf at February 19, 2014 8:45 AM

sf i hope you're kidding. you do realize that this used to be a parking lot...

no one got evicted.

Posted by: seriously at February 19, 2014 9:49 AM

I'd like to hear more about this story. My guess is that the archeologists found the coin in a debris pile or trash dump that caught their attention. Otherwise finding a coin in the midst of hundreds of cubic yards of soil is like finding a needle in a haystack.

Sierrajeff - I agree that someone was pissed about losing such a valuable coin. However I'm guessing it was lost another way. Sometimes people conceal valuable stuff and then forget about it. I know a woman who sewed her inherited diamonds into a duvet for safe keeping and then years later tossed out the duvet. Du-oh !

Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at February 19, 2014 10:13 AM

Well we'll know that more than one was found when 19th century Chilean gold doubloons start mysteriously showing up at that Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Vegas and the seller isn't aware enough to realize that going on reality TV isn't a great way to trade illicit antiquities if you want to get away with it.

Posted by: Brahma (incensed renter) at February 19, 2014 11:18 AM

sf - all evicted tenants should get is the honoring of their lease and nothing else.

Posted by: MoneyMan at February 19, 2014 1:32 PM

It was pretty obvious that sf's comment was snark.

Posted by: shza at February 19, 2014 1:36 PM

how is that ironic? More like coincidental. It would be ironic if it were a silver piece...

Posted by: kranky at February 19, 2014 7:43 PM

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