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Couple Renovating Basement Discovers Tin Box From 1950s In Ceiling— With Cash Inside.

Most of us have experienced that momentary high from finding a one, five, or, if we’re lucky, even twenty-dollar bill lying on the road. If you were a kid when this happened, you probably remember feeling like the richest person in the world.

One couple from Cleveland, Ohio, recently stumbled across their own monetary surprise. Theirs was just way bigger.


It all started in 2016 when the couple had just finished up renovating the first and second floors of their 1940s home. The husband, who later posted to Imgur under the name branik12, went to remodel the basement and noticed writing on the cinderblock wall after peeling off old sheets of drywall.

writing on wall

But he made the real discovery while opening up the ceiling. Wedged between a beam and a water pipe was a small tin box.

hidden box

“I took the box outside and gathered the wife,” he wrote, curious about the contents. “It has something inside, but not heavy like coins or gold bars. Might get lucky though. Could be old sports cards?”

dusty box

What he found waiting inside turned out to be so much better.

box gets opened

Wrapped in wax paper were three stacks of money, accompanied by a newspaper from 1951. The man jokingly added a tiny plastic banana to the pile “for scale.”

box contents

“Some of the bills were rarer than others,” the man noted. “Some brown notes, a gold certificate and some star notes nearly uncirculated. All bills were from 1928-1934.”


Accounting for the added value, the couple estimated they had a whopping $23,000 on their hands – but their good fortune didn’t end there.


About a week later, the man found a second tin box in the basement ceiling, noticing it felt much heavier than the first.

second hidden box

He waited for his wife to come home and the two opened the box to find it completely stuffed with even more bills!

cash box

They pulled out piles upon piles, absolutely giddy at that point. They had all the money appraised and learned they just hit the jackpot: they’d collected about $45,000!

second box contents

The couple smartly decided to put all of it toward their mortgage, but are still wondering who hid the cash in the first place and why they never came back for it. That’s just a mystery we’ll all have to keep guessing at.

Questions aside, what an incredible discovery! Is anyone else wishing they could trade places with this pair right now?

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