The Legend of The Lost Silver Dollars in The Ozarks

Treasure hunters around the world have most likely heard of the massive stash of silver coins that are hidden in the region of the Ozarks. The legend started somewhere during the time that the European settlers landed in North America. The legend was unearthed by the Spanish explorers who came through the Missippi river from the Gulf of Mexico. They reached the Upper region of the White River from their origin in search of treasure. These Spanish settlers were pleasantly surprised to find the Native Indians mining silver in the area, and hence the birth of the great legend of the Ozark silver treasure stash. The smart Spaniards were able to come up with a barter system with the natives and managed to acquire an undisclosed amount of silver. However, they were unable to take back everything that they managed to receive. The Spaniards melted all the remaining silver and stashed them in natural caves around the Ozarks after turning them into barrel ingots. In the end, the Spanish explorers did not return for their stash, and the silver has long been forgotten.

The Legend of The Yocham Dollars

Several decades after the Spanish explorers left, families who settled in the area found silver stashed away, and they made them into coins. They protected their treasure by casting them into coins with a stamp of the family name on them. The number of coins mined far exceeded even the government’s ability to mine silver and are called the Yocham silver coins. There are several versions of the story of the Yocham dollars that have surfaced since the time they were first discovered. One of the most popular stories is that the family themselves mined the silver and they left what they found hidden in caves and under the earth. The family is said to have moved to California in search of Gold, which was gaining value at the time. While there are rumors that the relatives of the family have the original mold of the casting for the coins, there is no evidence to prove the same.

The Legend of The Yocham Dollars
The Legend of The Yocham Dollars

To Believe or Not to Believe

Many scholars and researchers believe that the trend of hidden treasure was amass at the time and that the whole story about the Yocham silver coins may be actually a plain misunderstanding. Their theory is constructed from the word “Yocham Stalard,” which actually means Hungarian currency. Therefore, it could be that the whole legend was a misinformed story that was made a legend by misunderstanding the true meaning. Another story that the researchers convey is that the region of the Ozarks is not favorable for the mining of silver or at least any amount of silver that is consumable. They believe that the silver that people mine in the area is actually a poor quality of silver called Galena. Today there is widespread speculation with what-ifs taking the front row in the presence of the legend that could be false. The search and mystery behind the dollars have even been traced to Mike Brittain, who has managed to salvage a few diary pages from his ancestors to prove the existence of the silver in the Ozarks. A map was unearthed too, and treasure hunters have combed through the area and managed to find portions of the map but never actual treasure. The mystery and the legend of the silver coins in the Ozarks continue to live on and is one that is exciting for those interested in a treasure hunting quest.

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