Thousands of people across the United States collect ancient coins. Buyers will often trade with other collectors or dealers, but some ancient coin owners come across rare and unusual coins by scouring the American countryside. If you discover ancient coins in this way, you may believe that the stash is automatically yours—but is that actually true?
Assessing the situation
When determining if you can legitimately keep something you find, it's important to differentiate clearly between the different circumstances that could exist.