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'Storage Wars' Stars

Uncover Real-Life Pirates' Chest

Filled with $500,000 in Gold

11/13/2011 6:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The people behind "Storage Wars" just stumbled upon their most incredible discovery yet -- a real-life pirates' chest that's at least 200 years old ... containing half a mil in gold doubloons

Dan and Laura Dotson came across the stash inside a foreclosed storage locker at an auction in Contra Costa County, CA -- which they sold off to one lucky bastard for just over a grand.

The Dotsons discovered the pirates booty after auctioning off the locker -- a small treasure an expert described as "Pieces of Eight Spanish Gold," dating anywhere between the 16th and 19th century.

According to one source, the coin box was so heavy ... it took 3 people to move it out of storage.  

We're told an appraisal expert valued the collection at around $500,000. Yo ho ho!

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31.

ciimonstr    

All your impounds belongs to da... ooops, dats thems! They's been locked away in storages. dumps dem there.

1082 days ago
32.

jshort1225    

To John #9,, this is an A&E program, Not the so called "TruTV" crap you are used to.

1082 days ago
33.

Lisa K. 8 )    

storage wars...this is one of the best shows on television right now...and i am not crazy about t.v. love it, and awesome story about the gold coins!

1082 days ago
34.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I just recently found this show a few weeks ago. My impression after the first few episodes is that the show is STAGED like a mother pucker. But now I know where the people at the flea market are picking up all that kuh-rap.

1082 days ago
35.

en Todo Momento!!    

FAAAAAAAAKE!

1082 days ago
36.

en Todo Momento!!    

all you need to do is hire some unskilled folk to 'handmake' some gold coins, with coarse settings and old tools, then voila, you got yourself (fake) 'antique' coins. total bs.

1082 days ago
37.

imstac    

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP

1082 days ago
38.

Ginger    

Okay, don't know how real or fake the show is, it's totally enjoyable. Now, as for the chest - it is possible this was hidden away. Some countries claim any bounty divers find. If some lucky diver found this, he would have to turn it over to the government. So, lets say someone found it and didn't want to. They had to hide it. Where better than a storage shed. Lets also say the people that knew about this are dead, gone, or had no idea where it was hidden. So the guy who hid it dies or goes to jail or drowns. Who knows. There is a plausible reason for this. Now as for the owners of that shed knowing about this and still letting the shed go up for sale - now that I doubt.

1082 days ago
39.

Fat Mike    

It isn't staged, I used to do the same thing up until the majority of Storage owners discovered eBay. You'd be amazed at the stuff I would find, especially when it came to sex toys. Every now and then you'd look at the back of an old fridge and find someone's jewelry stash or pull apart a wardrobe to find someone's life savings.
Due to the fact quite a few of these had cash and valuables in them, I'm tipping the owners had died as they obviously had the money to keep paying the rent. Either that or they were put into storage after a relative died and were thought to be worthless.

1082 days ago
40.

fred    

fake, fake, fake, and fake. The only thing that's worth watching on this show is what isn't fake: Brandy's chest.

1082 days ago
41.

TARA    

I hope BARRY got it too! Can't stand the others.

1082 days ago
42.

Penelope    

This is the most staged reality show on tv. My bro is a mgr. of an upscale storage unit in Naples, FL and this show has created a frenzy when they have auctions. No one ever finds anything good in an abandoned storage unit. Let alone $500,000 of spanish gold. The people that "foreclose" on the unit, knew what they had in there.

1082 days ago
43.

Muppet    

I'd love to find a treasure like that! I'd skip all they way to the bank!

1082 days ago
44.

cindy    

Please don't let it be Dave!

1081 days ago
45.

420revarie    

Last month a family in Lewiston Maine found their dad's girfriend that he had stashed in a freezer for 10 years in a storage locker after he died.

1081 days ago
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