|Walter Samaszko Jr. lived a frugal life, alone, and when he died in May 2012 from heart problems his body wasn't found until a month later when neighbors complained of an odor coming from his house. |
Samasko had only $200 in the bank at the time of his death but had stock accounts worth around $165,000.
|After his death, a cleaning crew hired to tidy his modest, ranch style home where he had lived for four decades came upon a stunning discovery -- boxes and boxes full of gold coins and bullion collected over an unassuming lifetime. It was enough to fill two wheelbarrows. One batch, mostly bullion, was sold at auction for $3.5 million.|
The final batch brought almost $ 4 million.
|The hoard contained US, Mexican, British and Austrian coins dating as far back as the 1870s. They were found among cans of food in boxes labelled 'books'.|
California substitute teacher Arlene Magdanz inherited Samaszko's estate after a Carson City, Nevada judge ruled that she was Walter Samaszko Jr.'s only cousin and therefore was entitled to his fortune.