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Gold Coins Worth $7 Million Found in Dead Man's Home

(CARSON CITY, Nev.) -- Walter Samasko Jr., 69, died in May due to heart problems and was not discovered until June when neighbors complained of a bad smell coming from his Carson City home.

When authorities went to clean out his residence, they found boxes of gold coins in his home and garage, worth an estimated $7 million.

“He was quite a hoarder. He had boxes and boxes and boxes of things,” Carson City Clerk Alan Grover told ABC News. Grover said there were many containers of food and cans.

Grover said the coins were in boxes marked “books.” There were also coins wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in ammunition boxes. There were Mexican, British and Austrian coins dating as far back as the 1870s.

There was so much gold that Grover used a wheelbarrow to carry the fortune to his truck. The coins were first moved to a bank vault and now they have been moved to armored vehicles.

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