Two Long Beach hotel owners found some buried treasure but they don't plan on cashing it in anytime soon.
There was no pirate map involved - just some remodeling at the Coastal Inn and Suites off Highway 101.
There's a lot of mystery surrounding the building itself. The new owners, Josh and Kristin Buehler, don't know when it was constructed; possibly the late 1950s.
But they do know it's ready for a makeover.
"I want a hot tub," Josh Buehler said.
In the process of tearing down the oldest parts of the building, they found something hidden under the foundation.
"It was in a huge wad of rust," Josh Buehler said. "We tore it out and had an idea that it was coins because there was some paper on some of them that had dates."
The couple rinsed the rust off the buried treasure and found dozens of coins - some dating back to the 19th century, others from foreign countries.
They also found women's jewelry, the most valuable: a necklace made from a 1920s silver dollar.
The Buehlers think a U.S. Navy ring may lead them to the rightful owner of the collection. The gold ring has a seven-digit service number and the name "W.E. Weaver" inscribed inside.
"We figure whoever owns the Navy ring owns the rest of the coins," Kristin Buehler said.
Phone calls have been pouring in to the Coastal Inn since the local paper covered the story this week.
Even so, a local appraiser told the Buehlers the old rusty coins aren't really worth that much.
"At this point we think it's much more interesting to find the actual story behind it," Josh Buehler said.
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