• Kellie Mzik December 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

    In 1939, a young Lavoid Leavitt and his future bride, Harriet Anderson, both students at Dixie College, used to ride out to Zion with their friends to hike the narrows and generally enjoy the scenery. They told me the group used to bring an old wind-up Victrola, play records and dance in the moonlight there.

    I’d like to think that coin belonged to one of those long-ago Dixie College students, who tucked it into the rock until they could all come back there together to retrieve it. But war came, and they were never to be all together again, so the remaining friends left it there as a memorial to those carefree nights.

  • Terral December 6, 2012 at 10:26 am

    If you hike the entire length of the Narrows you start at an old ranch. I imagine some old timer rancher hid a stash of money somewhere along the ranch. The old timer has long passed and the ranch has passed hands. Eventually heavy rains from one of the cloud bursts on Cedar Mountain washed up the money and it washed down the canyons in one of many flash floods that occur in the canyons of Zion. The rest of the money could be strewn from the ranch all the way down to Mesquite.

  • william December 6, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Coin Trackers
    Silver Content: 90%
    Silver Weight: .7735 oz.
    Silver Melt: $25.53
    Value: As a rough estimate of this coins value you can assume this coin in poor condition will be valued at somewhere around $19, while one in “perfect” condition can bring $165. This price does not reference any standard coin grading scale. So when we say poor, we mean worn more than would be expected from a coin in this age, and perfect meaning it looks “perfect” without flaw and possibly even certified. [?].
    Additional Info: The 1923 Peace dollar in poor condition will most likely be worth more as scrap or junk silver. With silver prices being so high it may be better to sell it at melt. If the coin is in decent condition however you might want to keep it
    Me, I would keep it to go with Terral or Kellie storys

  • CC December 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Check the laws. I don’t believe you can take anything from Federal Land.

  • DL December 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    To KC and his wife – here is DL’s theory
    1925 – A hard working young man with the Civilian Conservation Corp hid the coin in a crack of the sandstone wall while constructing the Riverside Walk trail. Hoping one day in the later years of his life to come back to Zion and retrieve the coin with his grandchildren. He planned that after extracting the coin from the wall, he and his grandchildren would sit along the Virgin River watching and listening to all the beautiful nature surrounding them. Their eyes would gaze up the astounding sandstone walls until they reached the crystal blue sky. He would share stories of his youth, his time working in Zion, the value of that hard earned dollar and most importantly the value of the surrounding nature and our National Parks.

    Happy Holidays

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