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Perry County Family Treasure Re-Discovered

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Neil Harp will tell you, most of what he finds with his metal detector is not that exciting. But, he loves the hunt. In five years of sweeping and digging, the 24-year-old hobbyist has uncovered some interesting items which he proudly displays in wooden cases and frames. Then, during a recent sweep on a friend's property, he hit what he calls a detectorist's dream.

"It's a jar wrapped in duct tape," he exclaimed on tape the day he found it. "And if you shake it, hear that? This is my first coin cache. Look we have a bunch of coins in there. Oh, man, I'm shaking!."

The property owner was there at the moment of the find and recognized her late father's dog tags as the top item in the jar.

"Oh, boy! Look at that. Holy Lord," she said.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, believes her father buried the jar just a few years before he passed in 1980. She says the items belonged to her late brother, given to him by her dad and her. The cache consists of various rare American coins, antique military ribbons and buttons and a variety of foreign coins. Most were accrued by her dad during a 28 year military career. The monetary worth of the find is not particularly high, but the sentimental value is priceless to her. And, the question remains: why would her dad bury this and not tell anyone?

"I think he did that for a reason," she said. "He did that for a purpose. But only he could tell you that and he's not here to tell you what that purpose was."

What ever the reason, she's glad to have the collection back in the family, thanks to a friend and his find.

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