Canadian, U.S. hoard found in Yukon

As construction crews were building a new recreational trail in Dawson City, Yukon last month, workers stumbled upon a cache of 23 coins that circulated in Canada and the U.S. during the 19th-century Klondike Gold Rush.

Buried about 30 centimetres underground, the coins range in date from 1864 to 1902.

“These are coins that would have been in common circulation during the Gold Rush,” Christian Thomas, special projects archeologist for the Yukon government, told CBC News this September.

The coins were found in Dawson City, Yukon, which was established in the early days of the Klondike Gold Rush. (E.A. Hegg/Library and Archives Canada)

TO BE DONATED?

While the coins have a face value of about $9.50, Thomas added the hoard would be worth about $240 today if adjusted for inflation.

The coins are currently being stored in the Dawson City town safe but may eventually be donated to the Dawson City Museum.

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