Demolition Company Finds Stack Of $10 Bills Dated From 1934 Hidden In Wall

10 dollar bill 1934 found demolition lakewoodPHOTOS: The attached photo is one of dozens of $10 bills dated back from 1934 which were found by a local demolition company this week while demolishing a home. The bills, which read, “and is redeemable in lawful money at the Unites States Treasury or at any Federal Reserve Bank”, and “will pay to the bearer on demand ten dollars”, were noticed by the company while taking apart the home.

Upon noticing the cash, the worker collected the money and immediately realized the uniqueness of the currency.

The owner of the home was notified of the finding, and they divided the stash.

The bill does not contain the motto, “In g-d we trust”, as it was only added in 1958.

The bills can be worth up to $60 a piece, depending on the series number, seal color and condition. TLS.

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  1. This may belong to the demolisher according to halacha since the owner is probably long gone, so it may be Zutoi shel yam? But there again maybe not?

  2. סוגיא שידוע ונלמד לכל דרדקי
    and the chachomim here are guessing, pretty sad state were in…
    tosfos bava metzia 26a on mishna 25 b
    מצא בגל או בכותל ישן הרי אלו שלו ובגמ’ תנא מפני שיכול לומר של אמוריים הם וכו’ דשתיך טפי
    vrekt tos
    תקנה לו חצירו שלא מדעתו
    entfert tos
    דאין חצר קונה בדבר שיכול להיות שלא ימצאנו לעולם
    now kiddush hashem always may take precedense and one may still return it.

  3. as per zuto shel yam mentioned earlier
    עיין ראב”ד ט”ז אבידה ה”ח
    “זהו ק”ו שיש עליו תשובה אבידה שבים למי תזכה הים אבל אבידה שבגל הגל תזכה לבעליו וכן כותל ישן, הטעם בכאן לפי שאינה חצר המשתמרת
    so he clearly differentiates between zuto shel yam and kosel yoshon

    now another point to ponder would be according to the
    מרדכי רנ”ח
    it may depend if the original owner is directly related to current owner, because if he is then it is his house בירושה
    and the mordechai;s condition is dependant on if
    דלא זכה אלא בדבר שבא לחצירו אחר שהיה חצירו
    so if he is not a yoresh then it came to the chotzer before it was his chotzer, but if he is a yoresh even if its not to his knowledge but maybe it might be considered that it came to chatzero after it was chatzero…

    ok b”h the oilam online is learning too…

  4. you can collect the bill..all you have to do is send a money order for 79.99 for shipping and handling and we will send you the bill with that number on it.

  5. wait a minute! why did you delete the “o” in “in god we trust”? is god a bad word? i thought we all beleive in a god of our own choosing…

  6. When a construction contractor finds a hidden box of cash and other valuables while working on a farm or in a motel – – who owns it? This is one of those ancient property questions discussed in Talmudic and law school classes. Appellate courts have answered that question the same way in two recent cases. Terry v. Lock Hospitality, Inc., 37 S.W.3d 202 (Ark. 2001), and Corliss v. Wenner, 34 P.3d 1100 (Idaho Ct. App. 2001)

    The simplistic answer is that the property belongs to the original owner who hid it there. But if that owner cannot be found, does it belong to the contractor or the real estate owner?


  7. The Motel Ceiling

    In Terry v. Lock Hospitality, the contractors were renovating a Best Western Hotel in Conway, Arkansas, when they found a dusty box behind ceiling tiles that contained over $38,000 in old currency. At the time of discovery the owner was in the room and the contractor gave him the box. When the contractor sued to resolve ownership rights, the Arkansas Supreme Court held that the money belongs to the owner of the motel because the circumstances showed that it was property that had been intentionally hidden in the ceiling and apparently forgotten. The Court commented that the issue was one “of first impression” in Arkansas, and relied heavily on an Iowa Supreme Court case that set up four categories for found property:

    • Abandoned Property: Property discarded with the intention of terminating ownership.
    • Lost Property: Property unintentionally left because of carelessness or inadvertness.
    • Mislaid Property: Property intentionally left in a place where the owner can find it and the place is later forgotten.
    • Treasure Trove: Gold, silver or paper money concealed in the earth or a private place under circumstances indicating that the treasure has been concealed for so long that the owner is likely dead or unknown.

    Under these doctrines, the finder of lost or abandoned property and treasure trove has a right of possession against everyone except the rightful owner. However, a finder of mislaid property must turn it over to the landowner, who in turn must safeguard it for the true owner.

    The Ranch Driveway

    The Idaho Court of Appeals also favored the landowner in the case of Corliss v. Wenner, which was decided on September 5, 2001. It involved a suit by an asphalt-paving contractor who was installing a driveway on a ranch when he unearthed a glass jar containing paper-wrapped rolls of gold coins with a contested value ranging between $30,000 – $1,000,000. The coins dated from 1857 to 1914, and the glass jar was estimated to be about 70 years old. As in Arkansas, this was also viewed as a case “of first impression” for Idaho.

    After applying an analysis similar to that of the Arkansas court, the Idaho court awarded the coins to the ranch owner, who, theoretically, must hold them for the true owner. The Court noted that only lost or abandoned property should go to the finder because those circumstances involve an element of involuntariness, in contrast with the other categories which involve intentional acts by the true owner in placing the property where it was found.

  8. For further research on the above, See the American Bar Association’s Probate & Property Journal, May/June 2002 at Page 59 where Harris Ominsky a”h contributed an article entitled “Finders Keepers? First Impressions and Ancient Wisdom”

  9. That’s wonderful finding a hidden cashe of $10 bills.

    That’s when our money was real. The ‘bearer’ could then exchange it for metal money – (coinage). During the eatly part of the 1930’s our currency was backed by gold bullion that was stored at Fort Knox.

    Shortly after the dates of these bills, president FDR made it illegal for US citizens to have gold coinage and they were supposedly turned in.

    The currency was then backed by silver bullion and of course with the gold coins taken out of circulation, that left the silver bullion and silver coins as real money.

    The bills were also ‘ bearer ‘ notes but redeemable in the lesser valued silver.

    Our current bills are just about worthless and there is no ‘ bullion’ to back them up.

    I wish this country could relive the last 100 years knowingwhat we know now and how our politicians have sold this country out.

    Some banker once said ” whoever controls the money…controls the government “

  10. Are you not embarrassed to profess such ignorance?

    Did you read the article in the legal journal cited at # 16 above??

    Go ahead. Read it and get more educated. When you think you’re done you can come back here and ask me any questions you may still have.

    I will never cease to believe that all humans are teachable.

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