AFP

LOS ANGELES-A California couple out walking their dog struck it rich by unearthing a horde of buried gold coins, worth more than $10 million according to experts.

The so-called Saddle Ridge find is believed to be the most valuable treasure trove ever discovered in the United States, according to Kagin’s Inc, which specialises in ancient gold coins.  The couple, named only as John and Mary, spotted a partially buried can jutting out of the ground - and after further digging found seven more, with more than 1,400 gold coins. “This family literally found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,” said company boss Donald Kagin, adding that most of the coins date from the late 19th century. “What’s really significant about this find- is that unlike other hoards and treasures, this one includes a great variety of dates, many of which are in pristine condition,” he added. The Saddle Ridge Treasure is named after a feature on the couple’s property in an area of northern California known for buried treasure since the Gold Rush in the 19th century.