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'American Digger': How To Turn Thirty Dollars Into Thousands (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/12/2012 6:55 am Updated: 04/12/2012 10:40 am

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'American Digger': $30 In Prohibition Era Cash Worth Thousands

Ric Savage and crew headed to moonshine country, hoping to find some great antique items from the era of Prohibition on "American Digger" (Wed., 10 p.m. ET on Spike). In a barn in North Carolina, he stumbled on a dirty mason jar that had a surprisingly clean amount of cold hard cash in there.

But Savage estimated that the approximately $30 in bills he found had probably been in that jar for 80 years, making them likely worth far more on the collectible market. And he was apparently right, as he took the money, along with a gun and some other items he found, and found a buyer who gave him $5,500 for the entire haul.

Fans of the show were probably all rushing to their basements, or more likely their grandparents' basements, in hopes of finding an elusive stash of old bills. Or simply going through any bills they might have. It clearly pays to make sure they're not 80-year-old bills or more.

"American Digger" airs every Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on Spike.

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