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While renovating their home, a couple discovers a 1950s suitcase stuffed with $23,000 stashed in the walls

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Most homeowners’ bank finances will take a hit from a renovation. On the other side, one Cleveland couple came out of their home remodeling much richer – $23,000 richer to be exact.

The 35-year-old do-it-yourself remodeler says they’ve lived in the 1940s home for a few years, but they’ve spent the majority of their time on the first and second floors before moving on to the basement.

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They uncovered strange writing on a cinderblock wall after removing drywall sheets.

After some further digging, they located a small, lightweight tin luggage in the rafters.

The bag was light, according to Reddit user Branik12, so he didn’t have high hopes for what was inside.

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

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That couldn’t be further from the truth. In the luggage, there were three bundles of cash wrapped in wax paper, as well as an old newspaper from 1951.

The newspaper gives an estimate of when it was hidden as well as the location of the house.

Some of the banknotes are exceptionally rare. The whole sum was $23,000.

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‘These are all twenties! There may be a couple thousand here! We are freaking out at this point. This doesn’t happen to us! What do we do? Where are the cameras?”

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”The second package didn’t have any twenties. It was all fifties! What is going on here? There could be 5 grand here!. Wait!!!! The third package is 100s!!!! This is out of control!!!”

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“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 add.

It’s not uncommon for homeowners to find hidden gems in homes constructed during this time period. Many families had to get imaginative during the Great Depression and World Wars, hiding their valuables all throughout the house.

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Newspaper dated 1951 was glued to the bottom of the green case.

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According to the homeowners, the case was hidden around the time the newspaper was published.

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

After looking into the expenses, the couple decided to have the property evaluated and counsel with their lawyer about keeping the find.

‘This was a wild ride for us and I hope you all enjoyed it too. We are boring people and have been dumping our extra money to pay off our mortgage and that is where this money will go too,” they added.

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