Couple Discovers 1950s Suitcase Filled With Cash Hidden In A Wall While Renovating Basement

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A home renovation typically makes a huge dent in the bank account. But one Cleveland couple came out of their home renovation much richer – $23,000 richer, to be exact.

After living in the 1940s home for a few years, the couple finally got around to renovating their old basement. They peeled back sheets of drywall and uncovered some strange writing on a cinder block wall.

After some more digging, they found a small, lightweight tin suitcase in the ceiling.

“I took the box outside and gathered the wife. It has something inside, but not heavy like coins or gold bars,” the homeowner shared on Imgur. “Might get lucky though. Could be old sports cards.”

What was found inside, was so much better than a few old sports cards. Well, unless the sports cards were super rare, than that would probably be a tad cooler. The suitcase contained three stacks of cash, wrapped in wax paper and an old newspaper from 1951. Some of the bills were quite rare too. The total value came to $23,000.

“Some of the bills were rarer than others. Some brown notes, a gold certificate and some star notes nearly uncirculated. All bills were from 1928-1934,” they wrote.

The home owners decided to use the cash to pay off their mortgage on the home. It is unknown if they used the actual cash at it’s face value, or if they sold the notes for a bit more than face value.